Corby Town’s unbeaten run came in to an end in cruel fashion as a late goal saw them beaten 2-1 at Blue Square Bet North leaders Chester.
The Steelmen had to withstand a lot of early pressure at the Exacta Stadium and they fell behind after 15 minutes when Matty McGinn put the hosts in front.
But Corby gradually worked their way back into the game and they stunned the vast majority of the 1,853 crowd when they equalised with 20 minutes to go.
And it was Liam Hughes who grabbed his first goal in Corby colours since joining on loan from Cambridge United as he headed home Avelino Vieira’s cross.
The Steelmen looked to be heading for a well-earned point after dominating much of the second period. But they were undone late on.
First, Carl Piergianni was sent off for a second bookable offence and then, with two minutes to go, Dave Hankin grabbed the winner.
The Steelmen will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.