Buckingham United narrowly lost out in a nine-goal thriller when they travelled to Stantonbury Social Elite.
Stantonbury started brightly and took the lead almost immediately before Buckingham fought back but found the home goalkeeper in fine form until eventually Tom Van Kleek set up Lewis Dench to pull things level at half time.
However, the second half began disastrously as Buckingham leaked three quick goals.
Nonetheless, United managed to pull level largely thanks to substitutes Pete Taylor and Jack Stuchbury, who came close to rescuing the game.
It was Stuchbury’s goal which started the comeback before Jonny Ayris headed in from Taylor’s corner, and then a foul on Stuchbury gave United a penalty which Taylor converted.
Buckingham looked set to snatch a winner but two minutes from time Stantonbury were awarded their own controversial penalty, from which they scored the decisive goal.
It leaves United perilously close to the relegation zone as they lie seventh in the 10-team league, two points ahead of bottom side MK United.
This weekend Buckingham host sixth-placed Open University on Sunday.