Hemel Town suffered a setback in their push for promotion as they were beaten 3-1 by Weymouth on Tuesday night.
Visitors Weymouth took the lead on the stroke of half-time, and added two further goals at the start of the second half before Matt Nolan pulled one back for the Tudors.
Hemel stay in second place in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division in spite of the defeat, but they are now six points behind leaders Leamington who have two games in hand.
The Tudors will also be looking anxiously over their shoulders at the teams directly behind them, with the battle for play-off places really starting to hot up.
Hemel went into Tuesday night’s game on the back of a last-gasp 4-3 win over Bedford at the weekend, but they struggled to replicate their impressive attacking play and fell behind after 45 minutes when Weymouth striker Ben Joyce opened the scoring.
Hemel boss Dean Brennan introduced Dave Pearce and Charlie Mpi from the bench at half-time, but the Tudors soon found themselves 3-0 down as Mark Ford and Ed Palmer struck in quick succession.
Nolan reduced the arrears when he tapped home a rebound after Jordan Parkes’ header came back off the bar.
Hemel pressed forward as they looked to salvage something from the game, but Weymouth withstood the pressure to secure the win.
Next up for the Tudors is a must-win game at struggling Bedworth United on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.