KINGSWINFORD Hockey Club saw their faint promotion hopes dashed by a 3-2 defeat at Bromsgrovians.
It was a mixed weekend overall for Kings, who bounced back on Sunday to hammer Kynoch 8-2.
But Saturday was the result which mattered and Kings were on the end of a fine display from the home side, led by former Great Britain skipper Andrew Langlands.
It was his short corner which was expertly dispatched past Tim Sanders to give the hosts the lead.
Kings had what seemed a perfectly good goal by Ed Parkes ruled out but did level before the break after Sam George set up Colin Morris to score.
The visitors stepped things up at the start of the second-half and were unlucky not to take the lead.
But a disputed short corner, in which Kam Maan was shown a yellow card, saw Bromsgrovians regain the advantage.
Surjit Takhar got a second equaliser for Kings and Colin Morris then hit the host.
However, Kings were reduced to 10 men again soon after when Sonny Mathru was sin-binned for a clumsy challenge on Langlands and the hosts compounded the misery by grabbing a late winner.
Kings at least rounded the weekend off in style with a convincing win at Kynoch, despite the absence of several first teamers.
Cole Hickman set up Morris for the opener and Maan then scored twice from short corners, before Hickman got one himself.
Takhar then scored a brace, including one which saw him dribble past three defenders, before Morris and Sharm Dhaliwall completed the scoring.
n The second XI had a day to forget as they were hammered 8-1 by Bloxwich with Ravi Johal grabbing their goal.