Ampthill Town ended the first month of the new season on a disappointing note when they lost their sixth straight SSML Premier Division game 2-0 at home to Tring Athletic on Saturday.
Town went down to their fourth home reverse in August with a goal in each half, again lacking a cutting edge after some good approach work had promised to deliver more.
The defence was hard pushed but did well against some strong-running Tring forwards and only some outstanding saves from Tom Gowans kept the visitors further at bay.
Ampthill got through some good work in midfield in the early stages with Tremanye Charles setting up a chance for Jay Fattorusso which went wide.
But Tring began to make inroads on the Town defence and, after Chris Salmon headed over when well placed, Town keeper Gowans produced an amazing double save at the foot of the post.
But the visitors eventually prised open the Ampthill defence in the 43rd minute when Chris Vardy lost his marker and sent an angled shot home.
Tring kept the upper hand in the second half, with Ampthill searching in vain for ideas to break down the away defence.
Cullen and Charles worked hard with little success, although Town did see two free-kicks go close.
However, Tring wrapped up the win when Trevor Gibbs increased the lead from the penalty spot with 10 minutes left.
The visitors should have wrapped up the victory with a third goal in stoppage time, but Gowan saved a second Gibbs penalty with the last kick of the match minutes after another incredible double stop.
The defeat leaves Ampthill without a point from their opening six league fixtures and it is vital they get something from this weekend’s trip to Hadley who are also without a win.
Like Ampthill, Hadley will be short on confidence going into the bottom of the table clash, having conceded six goals in their previous two league fixtures.