Harrogate Railway lost for the first time in five games when they went down at high-flying Handsworth Parramore on Monday evening.
Marlon Adams’ team followed up three consecutive home draws with a victory over Clipstone on Saturday, but were beaten 3-1 in Sheffield as their mini-revival hit the buffers.
“I think that we could maybe have had a point but we didn’t get the rub of the green on the night,” the Railway boss reflected.
“Handsworth are a good side, they’re fourth in this division for a reason, but I feel we should have taken something from the game.
“We’ve played the teams who are fourth, fifth and sixth in the table in the last few weeks, we’ve matched all of them and this is the first time we’ve been beaten since we played Pontefract, who are second.
“We have improved a lot and can take a lot of confidence from our recent performances going into our final three fixtures.
“We are in a real fight to stay up, but if we keep playing well and try and pick up nine points then I think we’re in with a chance of remaining above the relegation zone.”
Handsworth took the lead just after the half-hour-mark when the ball was headed clear, but only as far as James Ashmore who rifled an unstoppable 20-yarder into the back of the Railway net.
Jonathan Hill’s close-range finish doubled the home lead after 71 minutes, but Michael Thompson gave the visitors hope moments later when he spotted the Parramore goalkeeper off his line and ket fly with a stunning strike from all of 40 yards.
Adams’ men pushed for a leveller, however, seven minutes from time a long throw-in evaded everyone and landed inside the six-yard box for Hill to strike for a second time and wrap up the points.
The Railwaymen are back in action on Wednesday night as they entertain Hemsworth Miners Welfare at Station View, 7.45pm kick-off.