Tabletopping Selston were made to regret a missed penalty as their magnificent 18-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by title rivals Sherwood Colliery.
The Parishioners were beaten 2-0 by Mansfield Woodhouse-based outfit Sherwood Colliery, who sit third in the table and duly moved to seven points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
But it could have been so different had Ben Moore’s 25th minute spot-kick, awarded for handball after Rhys Dance had danced past his man, not been comfortably saved by home ‘keeper Joe McCormack.
Selston were dictating play at the time and had struck a post and also had an effort cleared off the line. Even after the penalty-miss, Ben Moore clipped the top of the bar with a free-kick.
However, Sherwood made them pay in the second half with goals on 56 and 67 minutes to grab all three points.
First, Lewis Weaver broke away for a powerful shot that was parried by ‘keeper Alfie Smith-Eccles, only for the ball to end up at the feet of Kieran Wells, who slammed home from six yards.
And then the Selston defence made a hash of clearing a long ball and Gareth Curtis was left to advance for a one-on-one with Smith-Eccles that he finished smartly.
This Saturday, Selston entertain mid-table Kimberley Miners Welfare.