THE pressure is increasing on Todmorden after they lost at home to Accrington.
It meant the third-placed visitors narrowed the gap to second-placed Todmorden to three points.
With Todmorden losing, Lowerhouse increased their lead at the top of the table to 15 points after notching win number 15 by beating Haslingden by five wickets.
Disappointed skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said: “It is not the end of the world, but it has just put a bit more pressure on our shoulders for the rest of the season.
“Defeats happen and on the day we were the worse side but I am fully confident that next weekend we will all put in a big team performance to get us back on track.”
Accrington are bidding for a third Lancashire League title in four seasons and completed the double over Todmorden with a 38 run win at Centre Vale.
In a match played against the backdrop of the Todstock Music Festival, the league’s leading run scorer Ashar Zaidi top scored with an unbeaten 87 from 59 balls with six sixes and six fours, passing 800 runs for the season in Accrington’s 185-2.
The Pakistani put on 156 with Stuart Crabtree in an unbroken third wicket stand after professional Qaiser Abbas had dismissed Graeme Sneddon and Graham Lloyd.
Crabtree hit four fours and two sixes from 94 balls. The match started at 3.25pm after the heavy rain of Saturday morning and began as a 30 overs aside game but after just one over the rain returned to trim another two overs off the innings.
Skipper Jimmy Hayhurst sent back both Todmorden openers with Ben Sutcliffe caught by Lloyd at slip for nine and Simon Newbitt caught by David Ormerod for 12 at 28.
Abbas and Nick Barker looked to have turned the tide with a third wicket stand of 77.
Abbas survived a chance on five and he went on to make 41 with three fours and two sixes before being well held by Marley Ali off Zaidi.
Barker hit 42 with three fours and two sixes but after they had gone Accrington held Todmorden to 147 for six. Stevie Barker was unbeaten on 16.
Lowerhouse have a tough run-in as do all the top three and they come to Centre Vale at the beginning of next month.
As for Saturday’s defeat, Sutcliffe said: “Our performance was below standard in comparison to recent weeks.
“To allow them to reach 185 off just 28 overs showed a lack of discipline in our bowling and our fielding. Their professional scored 87 not out and he was dropped three times.”
l JAMES Crossley and Gareth Rudderforth took three wickets each as Todmorden second team won at Accrington by 73 runs.
They helped restrict the home side to 100 all out as they replied to the visitors’ 173 for eight.
Crossley got 21 in Todmorden’s total, but opener Freddie Priestley top scored with 66.