Abbey Hey missed the chance to close the gap at the top of the league to one point after falling to a 3-0 defeat away at Brocton.
Terry Hincks’ side enjoyed early chances in a tight first half in Staffordshire as they looked to take the lead. Jordan Lazenbury fired narrowly over the bar from close-range, before efforts from both Ben Halfacre and Rhys Clooney were kept out by the woodwork.
The home side broke the deadlock two minutes before half time through Regan Smith, who scored from close-range beyond goalkeeper Ross Heywood, after capitalising on a mistake at the back by Abbey Hey.
Clooney attempted to drag Abbey Hey level with a shot inside the area, but it was well blocked by Brocton midfielder Kenny Devoir.
Brocton grabbed their second goal of the game after 75 minutes through substitute Jed Davies, who found space on the right, before unleashing a shot which beat Heywood at his near post.
The home side went one better and made it 3-0 with four minutes to go through Cameron Jackson, who got onto the of a lovely threaded through ball, before firing convincingly beyond Heywood to secure all three points for Brocton.
With West Didsbury and Chorlton having their game called off due to a waterlogged pitch, similar to New Mills, Abbey Hey missed the chance to close the gap at the top of the North West Counties First Division South
Attentions will now turn ahead to next weekend’s FA Vase 4th Round tie at home to AFC Liverpool for Hincks’ side, as they look to extend their record-breaking run within the competition.