Ampthill Town were minutes away from a second successive home draw when St Margaretsbury stole the points with an injury time 2-1 winner on Saturday.
It was a cruel blow for Town’s youngsters who had given a brave second half display but must learn to make their possession count throughout the game.
The Saints won at Woburn Road on the opening day of the last campaign and, after Joss Lillis fired across the face of the goal with nobody getting a vital touch, the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute.
A long ball upfield caught the Ampthill defence flat-footed and Mark Summers made no mistake to beat Lewis Jarman-Webb with a shot from 12 yards out.
Ampthill tried to make inroads into the away defence and Ashley Mead and Derwayne Stupple both had good runs which were blocked out.
Mark Summers had a good chance to increase the away lead but put his shot wide while two other Saints headers would have found the net on another day and should have had a better result.
Ampthill made a triple change at the break to add some spark to their line-up and it paid off.
Josh Murray fired just over after a good three-man move and Louie Dillon testing the Saints defence with some probing runs.
Town’s reward came in the 76th minute when Dillon’s corner was headed home by Jay Fatturosso for the equaliser.
Both sides created half openings in the final exchanges but, just as it looked as though Town had earned their second point of the term, Saints skipper Ollie Sharman joined the attack and latched onto a cross from the left to score a late winner.
The result leaves Town rooted to the bottom of the table with much to do to climb out of the basement.
Ampthill have two home games coming up – an SSML Premier Division match against Kings Langley on Saturday afternoon and a first round North Beds Charity cup tie with Langford the following Tuesday.