MALPAS’ winning run in Cheshire League Division Two came to an end on Saturday when they lost 2-0 at home to neighbours Tarporley Victoria.
The derby clash, watched by a large crowd at Wrexham Road, was decided in the first half.
Vics, who are now unbeaten in four, took the lead when Richard Moss beat the offside trap to slot home.
The same player struck for the second time in the 25th minute.
A challenge outside the box was judged to have come off a Malpas player – Eddy Barlow – and an offside-looking Moss did the rest.
It was a body blow that the hosts – who lost Luke Woollam at half-time to a recurrence of a hamstring injury – could not recover from, although Danny Lloyd did go close to reducing the deficit with a free kick that hit the post.
Malpas manager Lea Edge, who picked out the right-sided Lloyd for praise, said: “I am taking nothing away from Tarporley, they are very strong down the middle and play a direct game which I thought we handled well.
“But I thought we deserved at least a point. Major decisions went against us at key times.”