Ampthill Town’s recent unbeaten run was blown away on Tuesday when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at a windswept New Bradwell St Peters.
Town went to Bradwell with seven straight wins behind them but, despite dictating the game for long periods, Town crashed to their first reverse since September.
Conditions were very difficult throughout, but Ampthill lost their cutting edge and were guilty of missed chances which proved to be their downfall.
Town had the elements in their favour in the first half and began well with Dan Butler having a shot saved.
But after 10 minutes the Town defence pushed up too far and New Bradwell scored their first goal.
Ampthill tried to reply quickly and Glenn Cooksley missed from close in while the home keeper looked uncertain with shots from Conrad Zylko and Joe McCabe.
The hosts had a good opening to go further ahead when the offside flag stayed down but the shot went wide, and soon afterwards Charlie Cullen levelled with a 30-yard free kick which deceived the keeper.
Ampthill’s defence was beaten again five minutes before the break, but New Bradwell’s lead was short lived as Arrun Ramsey finished off a sweeping four-man move.
Town had numerous opportunities in the second half to finish the game but they lacked a killer instinct on the night, with Dan Butler, Dean Dummett and Charlie Cullen all foiled by goalline stops.
New Bradwell scored the winner 10 minutes from time with an opportunist strike which flew past Jack Ambler.
Ampthill will be left wondering how they came away with nothing after having so much possession and scoring chances, while the hosts took their third win of the season and did the double over their visitors.
Town had no game last Saturday but they will be seeking to get back into a winning groove this weekend when they host Woodford Town.
They will need to find more composure and luck in front of goal against a side just above them in the table.
Ampthill then play Baldock away on Tuesday at Stotfold FC in a league game, in the first of a midweek sequence of matches.