Harpenden Town’s chances of winning the South Midland Division One title took a blow on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Biggleswade.
Heading into the match, Town trailed the league leaders by four points but came up just short in a keenly contested clash.
Ryan Inskip got the only goal of the game to give the hosts the lead at half-time, before a watertight defensive display earned Biggleswade the vital win.
With 13 games remaining in the league campaign, Harpenden face an uphill challenge to try and usurp their title-rivals.
At the time of going to press, Harpenden were preparing to face Biggleswade once again on Tuesday night.
They will hope to bridge the seven point gap to the leaders between now and the end of the campaign.
Harps do not play on Saturday and return to action the following week with an away match against Winslow United on March 4.
London Colney’s Premier Division title hopes are still very much on track after a 3-1 win over Hoddesdon Town on Saturday.
They were made to fight for the points, however, as Hoddesdon took a one-goal lead into the interval thanks to Leigh Rose’s strike.
An improved performance after the restart yielded almost immediate results and the Blueboys were level through Jack Woods’ driven effort early in the second half.
A composed finish from Jon Clements, which saw him round the Town keeper, gave them the lead and he doubled his personal tally to seal the win.
Clements’ second goal was particularly impressive as he lofted the ball in from 35-yards.
Colney face an away match against Edgware Town on Saturday.