Glossop North End’s terrific 22-match unbeaten run was brought to a crashing halt on Tuesday night, with defeat at Bootle.
Chris Willcock’s side headed to Merseyside defending a streak that dated back to November 26.
They made the perfect start against Bootle, as Nathan Byrne opened the scoring just past the quarter-of-an-hour mark.
The Hillmen couldn’t take that advantage into the interval however, and Daniel O’Connor capitalised on a defensive mistake to level scores on 42 minutes.
Just minutes after the re-start the hosts took the lead through Tom Peterson’s spot-kick.
Glossop then tried all they could to muster an equaliser but five minutes from time Billy Smart tapped in a third to end the historic run.
On Saturday, GNE host relegation-threatened Alsager Town.
Later this month they contest the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final against Ilkeston.
That game takes place on Tuesday April 29 at Alfreton FC.