FECKENHAM slipped to eighth in Midland League Division Two as they were beaten 2-1 at Smithswood Firs on Saturday.
The in-form Solihull hosts extended their unbeaten run to seven games thanks to a free header from a corner from substitute James Sawyer in the 80th minute.
It was tough on a battling Millers side who had levelled in the 51st minute when a superb cross-field pass from Connor Perry-Holmes split the hosts’ defensive line and Ben Cox picked up the ball on the right flank before cutting inside and firing an unstoppable 25-yard strike into the top corner.
The visitors were able to welcome back main marksman Jack Brimmell and Joe Nokes, who had suffered ligament damage during pre-season, but fell behind in the 39th minute when Martin Crawford lost his marker at a corner and made a dash to the near post where he powered a header beyond Josh Goddard.
Prior to this, Feckenham’s best chances of the first half fell to Jordan Adams who saw a free header go just the wrong side of the post, whilst a marauding run from Danny Murphy on the counter-attack ended with the midfielder being dispossessed with healthy numbers in support.
In the second half, Smithswood went close when a venomous strike was well tipped over by Goddard, whilst at the other end Brimmell danced his way into the home side’s area before seeing his effort hit the side-netting.
However, it was the hosts who had the final say, leaving Feckenham to wonder what might have been as they prepare to host fifth placed Northfield Town on Saturday at the Entaco.
Millers joint assistant manager Tom Davies said: “It was a shame to end the game without anything to show for it, after what we felt was a good performance from our group.
“It’s now about consistency. We need to back up a good performance with another one and continue that as opposed to grinding tough results out and gifting games away.
“Northfield Town will be a tough test on Saturday, with their side hitting some good recent form following last season’s promotion.”