Harleston Magpies Men’s I suffered a 4-3 defeat at East Men’s League Premier A leaders City of Peterborough I on Saturday.
Visiting Magpies made a slow start to the encounter and were duly punished by two first-half goals from the home side.
It was a much-improved second-half display by Magpies, with goals coming from Sam Paterson, Archie Winter and player-coach Tim Whiteman.
But table-topping Peterborough scored two more of their own to hold out for a victory by the odd goal in seven.
Fifth-placed Magpies play host to Bedford (4th) tomorrow (12pm) with five points separating the two teams.