Troubled Kettering Town slipped to their second defeat of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season as they were beaten 2-1 at St Albans City.
The Poppies fell behind in a fairly even first half to Lewis Toomey’s goal, although there were other chances for both teams in the remainder of the period.
But St Albans doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half as Toomey struck again.
Ben Gerring had an effort ruled out and that resulted in him and Warren Byerley being booked for their protests.
But Kettering did pull a goal back when Ed Palmer scored from Jamie Griffiths’ pull-back.
However, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Poppies line-up: Walker, Burns, Radford, Palmer, Gerring, Hervel, Gyasi, Griffiths, Blazio, Byerley, Mayo. Subs: Ifil, King, Lamplough, Gathercole.