Corby Town continue to head for the Vanarama National League North trapdoor after they were beaten 4-1 at leaders Solihull Moors, who are closing in on promotion.
The Steelmen did draw level at one stage in the Easter Monday clash between top and bottom thanks to Ben Milnes’ fine strike.
But Solihull eventually had too much for Tommy Wright’s men as they boosted their hopes of elevation to the National League.
The defeat has left Corby seven points adrift of safety with just six games to play, the next of which is against Alfreton Town at Steel Park on Saturday.
Wright sprung a surprise in his starting line-up with Callum Ball returning to the club and he was thrown straight into the team.
But the Steelmen were soon on the back foot with Andy Brown hitting the outside of the post before Solihull took the lead on five minutes when Stefan Moore scored at the back post from a corner.
However, Corby drew level eight minutes later when Ben Milnes fired home a superb 25-yard effort.
Milnes was denied a second from a free-kick as it was tipped over by home goalkeeper Danny Lewis.
And the hosts took advantage of that let-off when they regained the lead on 21 minutes.
Michael Nottingham back-heeled the ball over the line after Gavin Cowan’s header from another corner was blocked.
And it was 3-1 before the break with Nottingham being the provider on this occasion as his cross was headed home by Cowan.
Taylor McKenzie had an effort deflected wide for Corby early in the second half while, at the other end, Brown had the ball in the net but he was pulled up for a foul.
Nathan Hicks was off target with a half-volley but the game was up on 65 minutes when Moore was brought down by Ellis Myles and then picked himself up to beat Sam Donkin from the penalty spot.
Milnes found the side-netting with a shot for the Steelmen while Greg Mills shot wide.
But they were unable to add to their own tally as they were condemned to another defeat.