Bamber Bridge were beaten across the Pennines when goals either side of half-time condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Brighouse in the NPL First Division North.
Ben Wharton (24) and Michael Fish (59) did the damage for Neil Reynolds’ side.
Elsewhere in the division, Lancaster City kept their title hopes alive with a 1-0 victory against Goole AFC at Giant Axe. Ryan Winder got the vital goal in the 67th minute.
Burscough were hammered 5-0 at Scarborough, while Clitheroe drew 4-4 at Hyde United, Kurt Willoughby, Alexander Newby, Dimitri Tuanzebe and Bradley Carroll on target.
Kendal Town earned a 2-2 draw at Trafford thanks to two late strikes.
Trailing 2-0 to goals from Andrew Keogh and Aaron Burns for the hosts, Kendal gave themselves hope four minutes from time through Matthew Dudley.
And in the 90th minute, Adam Freeland grabbed an unlikely equaliser.
In the National League North, AFC Fylde’s title hopes suffered a setback after slipping to a 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Stalybridge Celtic, Danny Rowe on the mark for the Coasters.
Southport gained a stay of execution in their National League relegation battle when they drew 2-2 at Sutton United.
The home side took the lead with a goal from Kieron Cadogan in the 25th minute .
But Daniel Spence helped Andrai Jones’ header into the net for a 68th-minute equaliser for the Sandgrounders.
Inspired by this, they took the lead when Neil Ashton guided a 20-yard free-kick into the net.
But Port boss Andy Preece, was denied by Roarie Deacon’s 90th-minute shot which kept Southport marooned at the foot of the National League table.