Both Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United suffered defeats in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division on Saturday to hit their hopes at opposite ends of the table.
The Tigers went down 4-1 at title rivals Shepshed Dynamo, while rock-bottom Pinchbeck suffered a 2-1 home reverse against fellow strugglers Cogenhoe United.
In a lively opening at Butthole Lane, Reece Morriss (9) fired Shepshed ahead, only for Danny Setchell to restore parity soon after the re-start.
Matt Melbourne (34) put Dynamo back ahead before the break and, following a red card to Holbeach’s Jack Withers (58, two yellows), the hosts turned the screw with further strikes from Morriss (61) and Melbourne (67).
The defeat sees the fifth-placed Tigers fall ten points behind leaders Quorn ahead of their Carter’s Park clash on Wednesday (7.45pm).
Pinchbeck, meanwhile, looked to be on track for a rare win when Pat Kacirek (22) drilled them ahead at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
But Cogenhoe hit back through the dangerous Ceepy Logongo, who rifled home from the edge of the box on 33 minutes.
They then sealed the victory when Nathanial Ansu benefitted from a ricochet to lash home on the hour.
The loss leaves the Knights two points behind Sleaford Town in the race to avoid the sole relegation spot.
Pinchbeck are back in action on Tuesday when they visit Shepshed (7.45pm).
Spalding United were without a game and stay 15th in BetVictor NPL South East Division after Saturday’s results. They host Chasetown on Tuesday (7.45pm).
In the ChromaSport PDFL, Moulton Harrox were 4-2 winners at Farcet United in the League Cup.
Holbeach United Reserves beat Polonia 1-0 in the Premier Division, but Tydd went down 8-0 at home against Thorney.
In Division One, leaders Crowland Town continued their impressive form with a 6-0 romp at Peterborough Northern Star Reserves.
More football in Thursday’s paper and online here throughout the week.
South East Division: Belper Town Cleethorpes Town 2; Glossop North End 0 Sutton Coldfield Town 1; Kidsgrove Athletic 0 Stamford 1; Leek Town 3 Carlton Town 2; Lincoln United 0 Frickley Athletic 5; Market Drayton Town 0 Ilkeston Town 1; Sheffield FC 3 Worksop Town 1; Stocksbridge Park Steels 2 Chasetown 3; Wisbech Town 0 Loughborough Dynamo 0.
Premier Division: Desborough Town 0 Anstey Nomads 3; Harborough Town 3 Lutterworth Town 3; Leicester Nirvana 1 Wellingborough Town 2; Loughborough University 0 Rothwell Corinthians 1; Northampton ON Chenecks 1 Deeping Rangers 1; Oadby Town 0 Peterborough Northern Star 2; Quorn 4 Sleaford Town 0; Rugby Town 3 Boston Town 1; Shepshed Dynamo 4 Holbeach United 1.
Premier Division: Holbeach Utd Res 1 Polonia 0; Ketton 4 ICA Sports 1; Netherton United 1 Uppingham Town 2; Stamford Lions 3 Leverington Sports 1; Tydd 0 Thorney 8.
Division One: Moulton Harrox Res 3 Wittering Harriers 1; Peterborough Northern Star Res 0 Crowland Town 6; Premiair 5 FC Peterborough 2; Spalding Town 2 Eunice Huntingdon 6.
Division Two: Netherton United Res 1 Crowland Town Res 0; Stamford Belvedere Res 1 Rippingale & Folkingham 1.
Division Three: FC Parson Drove Res 1 Holbeach United Sports 1; FC Peterborough Res 0 Ramsey Town 5; Parkside 3 Premiair Res 1; Wittering Harriers Res 1 Tydd Res 1.
Division Four: Hampton Res 3 Netherton United A 2; Kings Cliffe Res 1 Cardea Res 2; Stanground Sports 0 Holbeach Bank 10; The Limetree 1 Stilton United Res 5.
Division Five A: Park Farm Pumas 1 Huntingdon Town Dev 4; Sawtry 4 Parkside Res 0; Warboys Town Res 0 Cambridge FC 0; Deeping United 2 Long Sutton Athletic A 3.
Division Five B: Rippingale & Folkingham Res 4 Dreams Res 2; Stamford Lions A 5 Sutton Bridge United 4.
League Cup: Casterton 2 Oundle Town 5; Farcet United 2 Moulton Harrox 4; Huntingdon Rovers 0 Cardea 3; Peterborough North End Sports 1 Eye United 4.
Challenge Cup: Stilton United 0 Stamford Belvedere 5.
Junior Cup: Orton Rangers 2 Warboys Town 4.