LEADERS The New Saints slipped to their first league defeat since August as the Remax Stadium again proved an unhappy haunt for the Oswestry-based side.
The defending champions had their moments in the rain, but saw their 19-match unbeaten run come to an end at a ground where they have not won in four seasons.
Manager Ken McKenna was philosophical about making the long trek home empty handed following a 73rd-minute strike from Lee John.
"We played some good football up to the last third of the pitch, but we didn't quite have enough quality and composure on the day to break down a side who played with great discipline," he said. "In the end an error cost us."
To add to the visitiors’ woe, left-back Chris King was stretchered off and player-coach Gary Brabin was red-carded for a challenge in injury time just moments after appearing as substitute.
It proved an unhappy afternoon for King, with his 73rd-minute mix-up with keeper Paul Harrison presenting John with a simple tap-in for the only goal and shortly afterwards the left back cracked a couple of ribs after a painful collision with a goal post.
In a game of few chances, both sides hit the woodwork in the first half.