Biggleswade United were beaten 1-0 by Hoddesdon Town on a scorching hot day at Second Meadow on Saturday.
A second minute volley from Lilywhites’ evergreen striker, Tommy Wade, was all that separated the two teams on the hottest day of the season so far.
No sooner had the first whistle blown than a long ball from deep saw Wade collect in the box and power home past United keeper Brandon Thompson for 1-0, with United having hardly got into their stride
United regrouped and could have equalised 10 minutes later when Tom Cookman struck from distance, requiring Lilywhites keeper Lee Robinson to parry.
James Chisholm replaced Hector Bateller for the second period and, with Nick Elliott taking up the attacking midfield role, it seemed to give United the edge over their Hertfordshire opponents.
Wave after wave of chances fell to United with Elliott twice going close. His first strike was palmed away by Robinson and three minutes later a free-kick from Russell Clark found him unmarked on the penalty spot from which he dispatched a powerful shot – only for Robinson to dive full length and turn the ball around the post.
Cookman and Clark were unlucky not to get their name on the scoresheet as the game went into the final 10 minutes.
Robinson came to his side’s rescue again in the 81st minute, finger-tipping Cookman’s header against the cross bar before Clark’s volley scraped the upright as Town held on and United slipped down to 17th in the table.