AFC Kempston Rovers battled hard but were ultimately left empty-handed as they were beaten 2-1 by in-form Deeping.
With one player back from injury and the loan signing of Lee Hawkes from Luton Town, Kempston travelled to Deeping confident of getting a result, on a playing surface that was more like a ploughed field than a football pitch.
After 10 minutes Kempston settled and started to dominate the game, but a mix-up from a free-kick between keeper Martin Conway and centre-back Alex Stolyes resulted in a tap-in for Deeping.
Rovers responded with some good play, with the side driving forward with purpose and desire, and they deservedly equalised with a fantastic phase of play finished off by midfield general Shane Bush.
Kempston approached the second half confidently ,but Deeping once again stated strongly and was the better side for the first 10 minutes.
The pressure eventually told as a long ball skimmed off the top of Tom Guiney’s head, allowing a Deeping wide player to cut in and tee up his opposite winger to fire home.
Once again Kempston responded with desire and a belief, and for the last 25 minutes they lay siege on the Deeping goal.
Chance after chance came and went, but Kempston could not force the equaliser and Deeping were left to celebrate the win.
Kempston joint-manager Jimmy Stoyles said:“Small margins in football are key and today, with one or two little mistakes and not taking the chances we created, it cost us points.
“Overall we are very pleased with how this group is progressing and know that we will win plenty of games of football. The bigger picture is to create a side to challenge at the top end next season.”
Kempston next host Cogenhoe United on Saturday in a 2pm kick-off, before returning to midweek football on Tuesday, January 27 when Wellingborough Town visit Hillgrounds for a 7.45pm start.