Dinnington Town faced Ollerton Town with five enforced changes on Saturday, but produced their best recent performance in the 2-1 defeat.
After a lively start, the Phoenix Park men were tested, but their defence was initially able to withstand all Ollerton had to offer.
Dinnington keeper Cliff Jackson, although carrying an injury, pulled off a great save from Kyle Pilmore on 10 minutes as the Central Midlands game continued to go from one end to the other.
On 29 minutes a low shot from Kyle Skeldon was just wide of the far post.
A minute later Chris Kirk has an effort cleared only for Kyle Daly to shot from 20 yards, but his effort was wide of the target.
Now with Dinnington taking the game to their hosts Daly again shot wide on 42 minutes, closely followed by Joe Colman seeing the home keeper block his effort.
The half ended with Chris Kirk hitting the post with the keeper beaten.
Ollerton looked livelier after the break and after two successive corners Cliff Jackson was called into action and saved well from William Horton.
Chris Hewitt shot wide of the far post on 72 minutes, but he made up for it five minutes later.
A loose ball in the penalty area saw him put the ball high into the Dinnington net.
Six minutes later it was 2-0.
A corner eluded everyone and although Jackson ot a hand to it he couldn’t stop it from going in.
With two minutes left in the game, a powerful header from Matt Preece made it 2-1 and ensured a nervy finish.
But despite four minutes of stoppage time Dinnington were unable to get the equaliser their efforts deserved.
On Saturday Dinnington will play host to Clay Cross at 3pm.