St Ives Town were left frustrated after seeing their eight-match unbeaten run in the Southern League Premier Division ended by a stoppage time fluke.
The Saints suffered a 2-1 defeat at King’s Lynn Town today in their first fixture of 2017.
The new year looked set to start just as well as 2016 ended when Dubi Ogbonna fired them ahead midway through the first half at The Walks.
But Saints saw their advantage wiped out by a Lee Stevenson header from a corner just after the hour before being hit by a late sucker-punch.
Lynn man Jacek Zielonka’s mis-hit cross deceived goalkeeper Tim Trebes and handed the home side the most fortunate of winning goals.
“I feel for the players as there is no way we deserved to lose the game,” said Saints boss Ricky Marheineke.
“They put in a terrific performance, but we just couldn’t find a second goal which may well have put it beyond King’s Lynn.
“I didn’t feel we were under threat at any point in the game, but we’ve ended up being beaten.
“Conceding from a set-piece is always a disappointment and to see the game settled by a complete shank of a cross like that is absolutely gutting.
“We’ve been on a good run and now we have to ensure we bounce back from this disappointment in a positive way.”
Saints remain 12 points above the relegation zone in their debut Premier Division season. They host Slough this Saturday.