An injury time goal from Ardley United denied Thatcham Town a share of the spoils in an afternoon of wasted chances in north Oxfordshire on Saturday.
Both sides had a number of chances to score that went begging, before Matt Cruse slotted home right at the death to pinch a 1-0 victory.
It was Thatcham’s first Hellenic Premier League match without scoring a goal since, funnily enough, losing 1-0 to Ardley at home on the opening day of the season in August.
Saturday’s match began with a minute’s applause in memory of former Abingdon Town chairman Tom Larman, who died last week.
Jemel Johnson had Thatcham’s first chance of the afternoon on 10 minutes, but his strike from 20 yards out went over the bar.
Harry Goodger, making his Kingfishers debut after signing from Hungerford Town, was next to have a shot, but his effort rolled harmlessly wide.
More attempts came from Thatcham in the first half, with Callum Willmoth clearing the crossbar by some distance, and James Tennant seeing his shot blocked by Nick Bennion.
Ardley had a few chances of their own during the half as well, but to no avail as it was goalless at the break.
Thatcham had their best chance shortly after the restart as Goodger fired the ball across goal which Bennion palmed away, before it was picked up by Tennant to shoot at the empty goal, but Ardley’s Luke Cray was on hand to block it.
Ardley then should have scored as Leam Howards rounded Thatcham keeper Chris Rackley but the ball stuck in the mud and he slipped, giving Rackley the chance to throw himself on the ball.
The Kingfishers then had to deal with a goalmouth scramble, but still the score remained 0-0.
However in added time the deadlock was finally broken as Carl Tappin found Cruse, who calmly tucked the ball past Rackley to win the game.
The result sees Thatcham drop to fifth in the table, and are on 51 points after 26 games.
Bracknell Town in first are eight points ahead, and still have two games in hand.
And Thatcham have another tough fixture this Saturday as they play host to third-placed Thame United.