Two goals in the final 20 minutes condemned Market Rasen Town to their 19th defeat of the season in the Lincolnshire League on Saturday.
Town travelled to Nettleham with hopes of securing their first league win for five months with just goal difference separating them and their opponents at kick-off.
Following a goalless first half, the hosts made a vital change when they brought on Thomas Williams.
He struck with 19 minutes left and then sealed the win with Nettleham’s second with eight minutes remaining.
The 2-0 defeat means Rasen have failed to find the net in their last three matches - and just twice in 10 games - and have now lost 16 of their last 18 matches.
On Saturday they host Sleaford Sports Amateurs at Rase Park (kick-off 3pm) with a rare chance of a double following a 3-1 win at Eslaforde Park back in September. Angus Findlay (2) and Kyle Paul were on target.
* Brigg Town Reserves had the weekend off and extra time to prepare for this weekend’s big Challenge Cup semi-final.
They host Nettleham on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm) in the last four tie, with title-chasing Skegness Town and top four side Horncastle Town meeting in the other semi-final.
Brigg won their only meeting this season as they edged a seven-goal thriller back in October, thanks to a brace from David Deane and goals from Ryan Thompson and Jonathan Nicholls.
They will also host Nettleham in their final league match of the season on Saturday, April 22.