Halloween came early for Horndean who produced a defensive horror show to lose 4-0 against Lymington Town in the Wessex League premier division at Five Heads Park.
The Deans gifted the visitors their first three goals.
‘We were awful,’ said manager Dave Carter.
‘This was against a team that we beat 5-0 in the FA Vase just over a week ago.
‘It was our first defeat at home in the league but we were very sloppy.
‘We have to put this behind us and stop throwing away points.’
Petersfield Town stretched their lead at the top to three points by storming to a 5-1 win over Verwood Town at Love Lane.
Town produced a storming second-half performance after trailing at the break.
Will Todd grabbed a brace, with Jason Silver, Benny Read and Will Essai also netting.
Fareham Town had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth Poppies at Cams Alders.
Substitute Jordan Neill came off the bench to grab the late equaliser with a well-taken finish.
‘We were much the better side again but couldn’t take our chances,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.
‘A lot of effort is being put in but we are just lacking the necessary quality in the final third.
‘Players are scared to try things and that is because of a lack of confidence.’
Moneyfields were pegged back twice in their 2-2 draw against Fawley at Dover Road.
Jack Lee put Moneyfields ahead in the first half and young substitute Declan Seiden grabbed the second goal 15 minutes from time.
But Moneys boss Miles Rutherford felt his depleted side were let down by some team-mates who may have decided they didn’t fancy it.
He said: ‘There are no excuses but we were missing a few players suspended and injured.
‘It also doesn’t help when five or six players start picking their games.’
AFC Portchester slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Blackfield & Langley.
Royals director of football Mick Jenkins felt mistakes were key the defeat.
He said: ‘Individual errors are costing us at the moment.’