Dinnington Town fell to a 5-2 defeat away to Hall Road Rangers, but only had themselves to blame for the margin of defeat after some basic defending errors.
The Phoenix Park men, who conceded three in the first half, were unable to call on the injured Connon Flannery and Martin Wade.
There was no clear pattern in the early stages of the game as both sides looked for openings.
But Hall Road made a break through when Town’s keeper Sam Jepson spilled the ball and Jordan Day was on hand to score.
Three minutes later Town’s defence failed to clear the ball despite having several chances to do so and Hall Road gratefully doubled their lead.
Their first half misery was completed three mins before half-time, when Mike Walsh headed home unchallenged.
Manager Steve Toyne opted not to make any substitutions but settled for a tactical change which saw Grant Allott move back into midfield with Liam Cartledge taking over the striker role.
The change quickly paid dividends when Allott volleyed in from the edge of the area after 51 minutes.
Two minutes later Cartledge was on hand to score a rare right footed goal for his 16th of the season.
After that it was Town who dominated play as they pressed forward looking for an equaliser but the pattern of the game was to change yet again when Jamie Roper was sent off.
Town still pressed but gaps appeared at the back which Hall Road exploited with some swift counter attacking to claim two further goals through Chris Adams and Dan Ward.
The final result left Town wondering what might have been with better first half defending.
On Saturday they entertain Worsbrough at 3pm.