Hanwell Town's recent revival looks well and truly over after a 2-0 defeat at Cockfosters - who are currently second from bottom in the league and who had lost their previous seven league games, writes Bob Fisher.
Town could have little complaint about their defeat to a very spirited display by the home side.
As in their game seven days earlier against Biggleswade United, Town made a very sluggish start and could have fallen behind in the opening minutes when a mistimed back header by Jason Tucker only succeeded in playing the ball into the path of Dan Cubelo, who, with only keeper Nej Hussein to beat, screwed his shot across the face of Town's goal.
However, in the 10th minute Town did fall behind when a quickly taken free-kick by Aaron Ewing when Town were still trying to organise their defensive wall sent the ball into the bottom corner of
Town's net with Hussein stranded.
Cubelo almost increased the lead minutes later when he beat Hussein to a long through ball from Liam Kenna, but his header took the ball just over Town's crossbar.
Cubelo was not to be denied, however, and he scored Cockfosters' second goal on the half hour mark with a fierce cross-shot into the far corner.
Town fought back strongly and completely dominated the period leading up to the interval, but some desperate defending, poor finishing and a fine save by keeper Paul Daley from Danny Rouco's cross-shot enabled Cockfosters to go in at the interval with their two goal lead intact.
Town enjoyed the majority of the play in the second half but it was a reflection of their inability to break down a stubborn Cockfosters defence that the only save of note in the half by Daley came in the 78th minute when he turned aside a good effort by Michael Buckley.
Buckley was one of three substitutes Town used in the second half. Another was Warren Williams, after a very encouraging run suffered a muscle injury which meant that Town had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men. Town will be hoping to get their season back on track on Saturday (3pm) when they meet Langford at home.