Newcastle Town suffered their second home defeat on the trot after going down to promotion rivals Mickleover Sports on Saturday afternoon.
Having been beaten by Stafford Rangers last week, Castle looked to bounce back, but a strong second half performance by Sports, meant the Derbyshire side went away with the points.
Tim Sanders had opened the scoring in the first half to give Castle a half time lead but two second half goals from Mickleover mean they now occupy top spot in the league.
Castle began the stronger side and looked dangerous on the attack, added with the return of top scorer Jordan Cole and winger Tom France who both came back from recent injuries.
It was Tom Urwin though who had the first real chance to open the scoring as good work between Cole and Sanders left Urwin with the keeper to beat, only to see his shot fly wide of the post.
The next chance fell to Cole who perhaps could have done better after finding himself through on goal but like Urwin could only fire wide of the post.
At the other end Wigan Atheltic loanee Connor Keane was called into action as he palmed away a low effort from Andy Dales after the winger had created space outside the box.
Castle’s pressure on the Mickleover goal eventually paid off though as Sanders found himself with space outside the box where he unleashed a 30-yard effort that flew into the net much to the captain’s delight.
Despite going behind, the visitors began the second half a lot brighter and were again denied by Keane who made an excellent save to deny Dales again after the winger had cut in from the left and fired goal wards.
The goal did come for Sports in the 70th minute as Callum Lloyd was on hand to bundle the ball home from close range after Karl Demidh had headed the ball across the face of goal.
Castle responded almost immediately after conceding as Tom France fired into the side netting when well placed after being put in on goal by Urwin’s pass.
Mickleover were well on top having equalised and soon went ahead as a mix up between Keane and Leon Ashman saw the ball drop to Jacob Hazel who had the easy task of slotting the ball into an empty net.
Having taken the lead late on, Mickleover held on for the points despite late Castle pressure meaning Ivan Lodge’s men slip to third place with a trip to bottom side Brigg Town next weekend.
NEWCASTLE TOWN: Keane, Askey, Carter, Ashman, Bramall, France (Gordon), Gurrionero (Haughton), Sanders, Urwin, Lowe, Cole. Not used: Graham, Moores, Dickin.
MICKLEOVER SPORTS: Martin, Bryant, Palmer, Walshe, Wiley, Degirolamo, Dales, Lloyd, Griffiths, Demidh, Bennett. Subs: Ricketts, Hazel, Oshoboke, Foster, Burrows.
Report & Pics: Steve Sharman