Macclesfield Town cruised to a 2-0 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Moss Rose on the final day of the National League season, sealing the championship winning season with a win.
Two goals from substitute Scott Wilson were the difference for the Silkmen, who looked comfortable throughout.
With excitement peaking, the first-half was a quiet affair between the two teams, with little more than corners to go by in the way of chances.
Keith Lowe had the ball in the back of the net just before half-time when he tucked in a cross from Mitch Hancox following a corner, but the linesman flagged for offside.
Marsh was first to go close after the break, firing a shot just wide of the post of Cousins.
Fitzpatrick tried his luck two minutes later from range with a left-footed shot, but his shot was always rising.
The home side always looked comfortable as the game ticked on, with the chance to lift the National League trophy ticking ever closer.
Shwan Jalal made an important save from a corner in the 64th minute, collecting Nunn’s header with ease on his goal line.
With the game looking a little flat, John Askey brought on the season’s top scorer Scott Wilson in the 74th minute in a bid to break the deadlock. A genius substitution it turned out to be, with the forward opening the scoring only five minutes later.
Mitch Hancox found space on the left-hand side of the box and played the ball square to the poacher, who couldn’t miss from six yards out, the crowd erupting in celebrations.
It only took three more minutes for Wilson to double his tally, as he squeezed another in at the near post in front of the Star Lane End to seal the scoring.
The Silkmen played out the final few minutes with ease before being drowned in applause by the onlooking fans, before being crowned champions on the pitch and lifting the National League trophy, marking a long-awaited return to the Football League.
Macclesfield: Jalal, Hodgkiss (c), Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Marsh, Blissett (Wilson 74’), Kennedy, Hancox, Evans (Burgess 65’), Whitehead (Pilkington 86’), Whitaker.
Subs: Ramsbottom, Pilkington, Wilson, Lloyd, Burgess.
By Adam Washbrook