Risborough Rangers’ four-game winning run came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they were beaten 4-1 away at SSML Division One title favourites Edgware Town.
Rangers made the trip to north London in high spirits given their recent good form and they had the better of the opening 25 minutes on an unfamiliar artificial surface.
Captain Lawrence Clark hit the post with a stunning free-kick while Chris Davies and Sam Ward squandered opportunities for the visitors.
Edgware grew into the game as the half wore on but Rangers keeper Steve Clarke was largely untroubled before Jamie Clarke had an effort blocked off the line as the game remained goalless.
Risborough continued to impose themselves in the second half and they were eventually rewarded on the hour-mark when Ward, Gary Rymer, Clark and Davies were all involved in a slick move before the latter shot into the far corner for a deserved lead.
A cross from Ross Broadway then somehow eluded both Ward and Rymer with the goal begging as Rangers pushed for a second, but that’s when the game changed.
Edgware profited from a controversial goal and that sparked a dominant spell from the hosts who pounced on some poor mistakes to score a second goal in quick succession for a 2-1 lead.
Risborough were now on the back foot and it was another error which led to a third for Town as a mis-hit clearance was stabbed home before Dave Newton’s terrible back pass capped a miserable afternoon for the visitors as Edgware netted a fourth.
Risborough Reserves also suffered defeat when they were beaten 3-2 by Buckingham Athletic Reserves, Jason Street and Dave Pope scoring.
Rangers are in FA Vase action on Sunday when they travel to Cricklewood Wanderers, while the Reserves are at Old Bradwell Utd.