Pontefract Collieries finally got back to action after their six week enforced lay-off and were understandably rusty as they lost 3-1 at home to Parkgate last Wednesday and 3-0 away to new leaders Worksop Town in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division on Saturday.
A first half hat-trick by Jordan Turner left Ponte with an uphill task in the midweek match.
They kept battling and were rewarded with a late goal by Luke Danville, but it was too little too late for Colls in the first game since Craig Parry officially took over as manager.
Ponte fell victim to another hat-trick last Saturday in a game in which they always knew they were facing an uphill task with Worksop looking for three points to go top of the table.
They put up a battling effort, but Matthew Booth put Town ahead in the first half and added two more goals on 64 and 67 minutes to seal Colls’ fate.
They are now down to 17th, but have games in hand on all bar one of the teams below them.
Ponte are due to be back in action tonight at home to Maltby Main, who are four places above them, and on Saturday they are away to Handsworth Parramore (3pm).
Their busy period of catching up continues with another home match against another of the title challengers, Tadcaster Albion, next Wednesday (7.45pm).