A LAST-MINUTE goal in the final game of the season stretched Winnington's losing run to five matches.
But the disappointing second half of their campaign was not without consolation for in recent weeks they were only narrowly beaten by second-placed Wrexham and third-placed Sefton and held North Two West champions Bolton.
In their previous two matches against Sefton Park they had conceded 12 goals and their performance must have surprised the visitors.
They dominated the first half at Sir John Deane's College on Saturday, with Steve Campagnaro once again terrorising defenders, while Adam Kueres and Danny Moores controlled the centre ground.
With the home side turning the screw on their visitors, it was only a matter of time before they broke the deadlock and Peter Evans burst through the defence and slid the ball underneath the diving goalkeeper to put Winnington 1-0 up at half-time.
Park began the second half as they had the first and created enough chances to build a healthy lead. With a defence-splitting pass, Kueres sent Jonny Kettle through on goal, but he was inches wide. Andy Jackson also tested the Sefton goalkeeper with a string of reverse stick shots.
Winnington were punished when the Merseysiders equalised from a penalty corner and in the dying seconds stole the winner from a counter-attack.
Other results: 2nds lost at home to Triton 4-2 (John Lavin, Simon Pinson); 3rds drew at Oxton 6ths 1-1 (Kenny Rober ts).
On Saturday, the 3rds close the season at Neston South Wirral.