Arlesey Town’s recent good run in the Southern League Division One Central was halted in a game of three penalties on Tuesday, losing 3-1 at home to Royston Town.
The Blues missed an early spot kick, and were made to pay in first half stoppage time when Ryan Ingrey lobbed Nick Thompson for Royston’s opener.
Rob Mason netted a penalty for the visitors early in the second period when Rhys Hoenes was fouled, but Jack Vasey pulled one back for Arlesey, finishing off after a good passing move.
Then on 74 minutes Thompson brought down Hoenes, earning him a red card. Chris Watters stepped up to score and secure all three points.
Arlesey now host Redbridge in the FA Trophy on Saturday.