In the final game of the season Barton performed yet another impressive rear-guard action against one-time league leaders Nottingham 4ths.
Barton took the lead within 2 minutes of the start when man of the match Jacob Buxton
put in Tony Deacon
who finished at the near post.
Barton held their lead until moments before the break, after withstanding heavy pressure for most of the half.
The second period saw a similar pattern with the Barton defence ably marshalled by Phil Welch
keeping the visitors chances to a minimum and keeper Hesketh keeping out anything that got through.
Inevitably the pressure told and Nottingham added two goals despite valiant efforts from Barton.
Barton finished just above the relegation zone in what has proven to be a tough season.