United’s winning run came to a halt on a dreary Tuesday night in West London as they were beaten 2-0 by London Tigers at the Viking Sports Ground.
It all started badly for United as they were forced to make changes to their line-up with players stuck in traffic.
The disrupted warm-up saw United start cold and they found themselves a goal down in the eighth minute when Ayoub Amellal fired under keeper Tom Wyant to give the hosts an early lead.
United responded well and two long range efforts from Nick Elliott almost found the target but curled away at the final moment.
United pressed to get the equaliser before the break but their efforts lacked any real intensity in the final third.
The second half was equally frustrating for Cristian Colas’ side as Tigers fought hard to prevent United getting control of the game.
And the Tigers struck again in the 54th minute when a cross was whipped in to the United area by Jabir Laraba, only for the ball to ricochet off the chest of Lee Bilcock and past Wyant to make it 2-0.
A series of substitutions saw Tom Cookman, Liam Sweeney and James Cooper enter the fray and open up United’s attacking options.
Elliott saw his free-kick crash against the Tigers’ post in the 67th minute and Batchelor was denied a goal after good work from John McFarlin and Cookman saw Batchelor tuck the ball away only for the linesman to rule it out.
Injury time saw the woodwork again come to the Tigers’ rescue as Batchelor’s effort hit the crossbar.