Grantham Town lost to second-placed Nantwich Town who knocked in three second-half goals with no reply at a, once again, windswept Meres stadium.
But the scoreline reflected little on a sterling Gingerbreads performance which deserved more.
Grantham dominated the first half but could not get the ball in the net.
Their best chances saw Stefan Bilyk hit the bar in the 14th minute, and the same player had the ball smothered from his feet by Dabbers keeper Kristian Burzynski on the half hour mark.
Nantwich started to come back into the game in the final 10 minutes of the first half but were met with competent defending by Grantham.
The Gingerbreads had the wind at their backs in the second half and continued to play well, but against the run of play, were caught out by two goals in two minutes. Matt Bell headed in the opener on 55 minutes, quickly followed by a Josh Hancock strike after Grantham were caught on the break.
The second 45 minutes was a more even affair but Grantham were unable to get a foothold with a goal, the closest being Danny Meadows’ low rocket of a free kick that zipped off the goalpost in the 63rd minute.
Referee Mr Stretton inexplicably played six minutes of added time, the last of which saw salt rubbed in the Gingerbreads’ wounds when Nantwich substitute Josh Gordon pounced after an embarrassing fumble by goalie Jake Turner.