MALPAS had no answer to Division Two's championsin-waiting Curzon Ashton on Saturday and fell to a 3-0 defeat.
With their ranks depleted by illness, injury and work commitments, the visitors were always up against it.
Malpas missed a couple of good chances in the first half, but Curzon were more ruthless and went into the break 2-0 up.
The league leaders camped inside Malpas's half during the second period but could add only one more goal to their tally.
Malpas boss Mark Jones said: 'Considering the side we had out, I was very pleased with the way we battled. For all the possession Curzon had, they only created a couple of chances and the goals that we conceded were poor ones.'
Malpas host Lostock Gralam tomor row. n Tarporley Victoria, who drew 1-1 at home to Eagle Sports on Saturday, host Monk FC tomorrow.