West Didsbury and Chorlton extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points after a 2-1 win over Abbey Hey at the Step Places Stadium.
Terry Hincks and Chris Woods made two changes from the side that beat Eccleshall ten days prior, as new signing Jake Parker came into the starting eleven alongside Daryll Grant.
After a tight opening 25 minutes in Greater Manchester, the visitors found themselves down to ten men when Luke Hincks was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on a WDAC player.
The home side used their man advantage and within five minutes, they broke the deadlock. A quick free-kick caught Abbey off guard and forward Benjamin Elliott fired home from the edge of the area into the top-right corner beyond Dane Smith.
The home side doubled their lead five minutes through Liam Delaney, who headed home from a corner to give the league leaders a comfortable lead heading into half-time.
It took Abbey Hey until the 87th minute to get a way back into the game, courtesy of Rhys Clooney. In his first game back from injury, the substitute made a brilliant run through the WDAC defence, before chipping the ball over the keeper into the top-left corner.
The goal came little too late for Abbey Hey as they were unable to find an equaliser, which ensured we fell to our first defeat in three games in the league.
We turn our attentions now to the Buildbase FA Vase 5th Round this coming Saturday, when we travel to Loughborough Students as we look to book our place in the Quarter-Finals of the competition (3pm kick-off)
Abbey Hey: Smith (GK), Dunford, Fleming (C), Grant, Norris, Nolan (Clooney 71’), Hincks, Parker (Fenton 84’), Murray, Fitzgerald, Lazenbury
Unused Subs: Grimshaw, Hamzat, Neild