Hornchurch captain Ryan Scott admitted it was 'nice to get over the line' after clinching the Isthmian League Premier Division title.

Liam Nash netted in the 94th minute to clinch a 2-1 victory over nearest rivals Chatham Town at Bridge Avenue on Saturday, to put them 13 points clear at the top to seal the deal and earn a place in National League South.

And Scott was delighted to complete the mission, in the club's centenary season.

“It’s been a weird one, as it’s been there for us a couple of times after a bit of a false start, but it’s nice to get it over the line,” said Scott.

“The fans showed what it’s all about. Everyone’s on the pitch, and it’s a brilliant day.”

Daryl McMahon's Urchins, who needed just a point to be crowned champions, found themselves in front just after the hour mark through Femi Akinwande, putting the title within touching distance.

Chatham drew level late on, but Nash's Nash's excellent strike just seconds from time secured a memorable victory in front of a crowd of 1,318 and promotion - after losing out in the last two play-off finals to Cheshunt and Aveley.

And Scott, who was drenched in beer mid-interview by his teammates, spoke of the ambitions he had before arriving at the club from Aveley last summer.

“This is what I set out to do at the start of the season, so to accomplish that is great,” he added.

“The club has put a lot in over the last few years and we’ve fallen short for one reason or another, so to finally get it done is a great thing.”

Former Crystal Palace and Huddersfield winger Sean Scannell was also thrilled to have completed the job in hand.

“It feels amazing. I think we were outstanding today, and we kept on going even after they scored," he told the club's website.

"We just kept it going. For me, there was only one winner today, and we won the game!

“The season’s been brilliant. I can’t thank the club enough; thank the players. Just everyone involved. Alex [Sharp], Colin [McBride], the gaffer, and it’s been amazing coming here to win the league.”

And Scannell is already looking ahead to what Urchins could achieve in the National League South in just a few months’ time.

“I just want to go again. Keep going and see where this journey can take us," he said.

With five games to spare, McMahon’s side will look to finish the season as strongly as possible and carry their momentum into their first season back in the National League South.

After playing strugglers Cray Wanderers at home on Tuesday they face away trips to Margate, Canvey Island and Potters Bar Town to finish what has been a fantastic season.