WINSFORD United’s battle to avoid relegation suffered a hefty blow after they were turned over Cheshire rivals Congleton Town.
A second-half strike from Les Miranda was all the Blues had to show from their visit to Booth Street on Saturday as they went down 4-1.
With relegation rivals and nearest threats St Helens Town picking up three points on Saturday, the Blues were only three points ahead of the relegation zone before their Easter Monday clash with midtable Alsager Town.
On Saturday, Winsford fans present in a crowd of 138, saw their team battle back from 1-0 down having conceded in the 29th minute.
Ex-Blues keeper Matt Conkie attempted to punch clear a cross with just 16 minutes left but the ball struck Miranda on the head and rebounded into the empty goal.
But that was the last of United’s good fortune as substitute Jamie Marrow struck a brace and Matt Haddrell hit another to flatter the Bears.
Town manager Anthony Buckle said: “We were flattered by the score for we only came alive in the last 15 minutes, but it was the first time in five weeks we did not play well. Our passing was terrible and there was no workrate. In fact we were a shambles.”