A FIRST-half goal condemned the Hawks to a 1-0 defeat at National League high-flyers Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.
Goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski produced an inspired display to keep the rampant Welsh team at bay.
The goal came on 30 minutes when Rekeil Pyke cut in and curled a shot into the far corner.
The visitors made two changes to their starting line-up.
Captain Brian Stock returned to the midfield after suspension and Josh Huggins replaced the injured Rory Williams.
Striker Alfie Pavey dropped to the substitutes bench.
Wrexham threatened from the start and Dudzinski was forced into early action.
A short corner ended with the goalkeeper turning a Jordan Maguire-Drew shot onto the crossbar.
The woodwork rescued the visitors again in the ninth minute.
Maguire-Drew cut into the area and unleashed another fierce shot which Dudzinski deflected onto the bar.
Wrexham took the lead in the 31st minute.
PYKE cut into the area beating three defenders before curling his shot perfectly into the bottom corner of the net.
Five minutes before the break Dudzinski turned another shot onto the post and the ball was cleared off the line.
Luke Summerfield curled an effort just wide in the early minutes of the second half.
The Hawks’ first chance of the game fell to Andreas Robinson who’s shot went narrowly wide of the post.
Wrexham started to apply the pressure again forcing a series of corners which the visitors kept out.
There was more intent from the visitors with Bradley Tarbuck’s shot blocked following a corner.
On 69 minutes Dudzinski pulled off another fantastic save palming away out a point-blank shot from Pyke.
The visitors made a double change sending on forwards Pavey and Aaron Cosgrave.
A free-kick in the closing minutes was headed just over by Josh Huggins.