KNOWLE FC suffered a third consecutive defeat after they threw away a lead late on to eventually lose 4-3 against Alcester Town.
The Robins title hopes took another blow despite two goals from Luke Fox and Zak Harbon’s strike staging a miraculous second-half comeback.
However, Harbon’s dismissal shortly after allowed Alcester to snatch the points with two late goals and complete a league double over Knowle.
The result means Knowle drop to fourth in the Midland Football League Division Two table, 10 points behind leaders Cadbury Athletic.
Knowle made another slow start when Reece Hewitt put Alcester ahead after just three minutes with an easy finish following a slick move.
A bizarre incident then occurred on 15 minutes when an offside was given against an Alcester player only for the referee to decide play should continue with Knowle goalkeeper Jack Tregartha ready to take the kick.
However, after Alcester duly put the ball in the net, the referee disallowed the goal and reversed his decision to stick with the original offside call.
Despite that reprieve, Alcester would eventually double their lead when Owen Ward turned the ball home following a free-kick with the ball bouncing in off the crossbar and the officials deeming the ball to have crossed the line.
Knowle turned the game in their favour after the break and halved the deficit when Fox struck on 54 minutes.
And Fox scored again two minutes later when he headed home from a corner to bring the game all square before the hour mark.
The comeback was complete when Harbon scored a remarkable goal from 30-yards out on 68 minutes only to be sent off for two yellow cards shortly after.
And his dismissal invited Alcester onto Knowle as Ward grabbed his second before Daniel Elwell snatched the points with Town’s fourth goal of the afternoon.
Knowle are next in action away at Inkberrow on Saturday, January 29 with kick-off at 2pm at Sands Road.