OVERTON United slipped from top of the Hampshire Premier League to fifth after losing 2-1 at home to Headley United on Saturday.
The home side made a slow start and found themselves two goals down after just 12 minutes, with Headley dominating the opening 20 minutes.
They showed great character to get themselves back into the game, James McCallion heading home at the far post after Myles Englefield had flicked on a throw, and had the visitors on the back foot.
However, Overton were reduced to 10 men just before half-time, captain Chris Morris being given his marching orders for dissent, and while they continued to press after the break, they were unable to pull level.
Manager Titch Bloomfield said: “It was very disappointing but we just have to brush ourselves off and carry on playing the way we have been.”
Next up for Bloomfield’s men is a trip to bottom side Bournemouth Sports on Saturday, before they take on Baffins Milton Rovers in the semi-finals of the Hampshire Premier League Cup next Tuesday.
“Bournemouth are an improving side and we cannot afford to go there thinking it will be an easy three points,” Bloomfield added. “The cup semi-final is a game we really want to win, but it will be a tough fixture.”