Scarborough Athletic’s sparkling run of home form came to an end on Tuesday night when they lost 2-1 against Droylsden.
After such a bright start to the second half, Boro crumbled and allowed their Tameside opponents in for all the points.
The game started at a calm pace, but it soon turned into a fiery encounter.
In fact the only highlights of the first half were the crunching challenges that referee Mr Cook was only too quick to clamp down on.
There was little action to savour, apart from Gary Bradshaw swirling a free-kick past the post and Chris Bolder bending over when maybe he should have scored.
Droylsden were mainly a threat on the break. Though the towering Alex Frost went close with a couple of powerful far-post headers.
The new half began in fantastic style for Boro, with Bradshaw scoring the goal of the season so far after 50 minutes.
A corner from the left broke to him 30 yards from goal and he lifted a delicate chip over the keeper and into the bulging net.
Boro should have put the game to bed after this.
Jimmy Beadle burst onto a Ryan Blott flick, but he scuffed his effort wide. Then Ryan Williams volleyed sweetly at goal, but the ball went straight into the gaping gloves of Russell Saunders.
Saunders was again forced into the action when Matty Plummer angled a header towards the top corner, but the keeper forced it away.
As Boro looked good going forward, they seemed to shut off at the back, and on the hour they were punished.
A free-kick was swung in from the right, the Boro defence missed it and Frost headed home off the the hand of Jason White.
Boro rung the changes after this, with Jordan Thewlis, Jimmy Ghaichem and James Bennett arriving for Beadle, Blott and Williams.
As Boro bedded these changes in, Droylsden took full advantage, pouncing for the winning goal.
Sub Steve Hall held off a couple of challenges on the edge of the box and then curled a fine strike past White.
Boro upped the tempo in the closing stages, but it was only the endeavor of Bradshaw and the brilliant feet of Bennett that offered anything in attack.
Bennett was unlucky when he danced through three challenges in the box, but his strike was blocked.
There was little more from Boro as they finished with a whimper - a disappointing end to what was a fine start to the half.