ANDY Kinsey scored the final goal at Jackson Avenue to end an emotional occasion with a flourish, and roared: 'We are on the up!'
More than 1,000 spectators packed into the 123-year-old ground for the last competitive game there, and they were not disappointed.
The Dabbers raced to a 3-0 lead within 17 minutes, through Mark Fitton, Kinsey and Griggs. Gate tried to spoil the celebrations by pulling two back, but Andy Bott hit the net before Kinsey's 71st-minute party-piece.
It was a fitting way to end life at Jackson Avenue, but Nantwich still have business to attend to if they want to get out of Division One.
Leading scorer Kinsey, who now has 34 goals this term, is confident of the future. He said: 'I think we'll go up. It's going to be a new start for every part of the club. A new ground, a new league and a new adventure. We don't want promotion just to make the numbers up, maybe we could have the same sort of success in the UniBond league.'
Boss Steve Davis was more cautious: 'It was a fine way to complete an era. Perfect weather and great support ensured there was a tremendous atmosphere in the ground.
'The players responded well. It is still in our own hands and we certainly cannot rely on anything other than us winning our last matches.'
Nantwich, who move to a new stadium at £3.8m Kingsley Fields next season, took the lead on 13 minutes, when Griggs and Stuart Scheuber combined to tee-up full-back Fitton for a neat finish.
It was 2-0 three minutes later, when Kinsey reacted quickly to turn home from Fitton's long-throw. Supporters only had a minute to wait for the next goal to cheer. Kinsey laid off to Danny Griggs who swept home from six yards to notch his 20th goal of the campaign.
The cushion lulled the Dabbers into a false sense of security and, in the 29th minute, when Marc Beattie seized on a loose ball and blasted in from 20 yards. He got his second, making it 3-2, soon after and the hosts looked shaky.
Matt Blake came on for the injured Paul Donnelly just before the interval, and he set up a 27th of the season for Bott soon after the restart. The striker headed home a sweet cross.
With just less than 20 minutes left, Kinsey exchanged passes with Bott before rippling the net for the final time at Jackson Avenue.
Nantwich travelled to face Bacup, who took points off promotion hopefuls Salford City at the weekend, as the Chronicle went to press last night. They visit Ramsbottom on Saturday.