Hemel Hempstead Town slipped to only their sixth Calor League Southern Premier Division defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 to Redditch United on Saturday.
Ashley Sammons scored the only goal of the game as Redditch battled well to earn the three points – although Hemel will feel that they deserved at least a draw.
Tudors manager Dean Brennan said he could not fault his team’s workrate, but was frustrated by the lack of Hemel’s normal quality.
“For us it was disappointing,” said Brennan. “We just weren’t good enough and you have to give credit to the Redditch defenders and goalkeeper who were excellent.”
“I think that we should have won the game but I was disappointed by the naivety we showed for their goal.
“I can’t really knock our work rate or effort. It’s just about being on our game and making sure that we produce our quality.”
It was Hemel who had the first chance of the game when leading scorer Ben Mackey curled an effort just wide, while Omari Sterling-James fired over at the other end after 15 minutes.
Bradley Catlow pulled off a fine stop to deny Mackey, but it seemed that Hemel had taken the lead on the half hour mark– only for Lewis Toomey’s header to be ruled out for a dubious offside decision.
Hemel keeper Laurie Walker was called into action just before the break, while Toomey was denied again in the second half although there was a suspicion of handball in the intervention.
With ten minutes to go Catlow’s sprawling save denied Mackey before Redditch grabbed the decisive goal with five minutes left to play.
Sam Youngs’ low strike came back off the post into the path of Sammons, who reacted quicker than the static Tudors to fire home the winner to the delight of the home fans.