TODMORDEN Borough lost their unbeaten record with their poorest performance of the season, losing 4-3 against their bogey side Milnthorpe Corinthians.
While they made a good comeback in the second half, the damage was done in the first period as they failed to cope with the fierce wind.
It proved a dominating factor in the game as Borough played like a team that had not had a game for several weeks.
The defeat saw them slip to third in the league and manager John Gilford hopes they can put it behind them on Saturday (2pm), when they entertain the side who took over from them in second place, Burscough Richmond.
Borough have the best defence in the league and have only conceded 13 goals this season – but eight of them now have been to Corinthians.
Things started badly when Chris Kay picked up an injury in the warm-up and continued straight from the kick-off.
“Playing into the wind on a heavy pitch, we set off slowly and then got slower,” said Gilford.
The home side were battering Borough, who could not get out of their own half.
Lee McGrath saved the visitors three times as he went one on one with a home forward.
Borough went behind in the 10th minute. Stephen Senior slid into the mud attempting to prevent a goal and deflected the ball into his own net.
Things got worse after 20 minutes when a free kick was fired in by the home side to increase their lead.
Borough started to get their game together after 25 minutes with Senior and Oliver Wood leading the way.
They pulled a goal back when Wood squared the ball for Ryan Baxter to run on to from midfield and fire home.
They then had to hang on until half-time, but came out strongly to level 10 minutes after the restart with Baxter getting his second in a carbon copy of the first.
But no sooner had they equalised than they suffered a somewhat dubious penalty to go behind again.
It spurred them on though and they laid siege to the home goal until three minutes from the end, when Elliott Gilford stabbed the ball home for the equaliser.
Only seconds from the end, however, there was a goalmouth scramble in the mud and somehow the ball squirmed over the line.