PREMIER DIVISION: Harefield United 2 Chalfont St Peter 3
A failure to shackle Terrell Lewis proved Harefield United's undoing as their title hopes took another hit at home to Chalfont St Peter.
The Hares allowed the Saints winger the freedom of the park throughout and despite twice taking the lead they were left with nothing as the visitors hit back to claim a 3-2 win.
Lewis was the architect of two goals in the final 11 minutes, both for Charlie Strutton, to hand the Hares their second successive defeat and their third in five games.
Harefield's lead at the top has now been cut to eight by Colney Heath who have a game in hand, while several others including FA Vase favourites Chalfont, will also be eyeing a late challenge if they make the most of their outstanding fixtures.
Harefield started well enough, passing the ball tidily without creating a clear chance, while Chalfont menaced on the break as Harefield wing-backs Joe Kelly and Adam Lewis were often caught upfield, Adam leaving namesake Terrell free to terrorise his defence although he wasted the best moment up to that point, a three on two opportunity, with an ill-judged solo strike.
An entertaining game then came to a shuddering halt in the 31st minute when Chalfont's Daniel Hughes suffered a freak dislocated and broken ankle as he tried to change direction and only after a half hour delay for him to be taken to hospital did it resume.
Hares keeper Charlie Miller smothered from Terrell Lewis as he took advantage of confusion in the home defence but immediately Harefield broke. Chris Drake tracked across the edge of the box and expertly played in Adam Lewis, who stepped inside the last defender and beat Mark Oliver for the opening goal in the 25th minute of first half stoppage time.
Three minutes into the second half, however, the Hares wasted a chance to clear and Mickey Swaysland drilled an inch-perfect equaliser inside the right upright. Adam Lewis swung a corner on to the Saints bar and soon after slid a free kick down the side of the wall for Joe Kelly, whose superb cross was given the finish it deserved as Gary Williams powered home a header to regain the lead.
Harefield seemed fairly comfortable as they tried to play out the last quarter until with 11 minutes to go Danny Buckle lost possession just inside the Chalfont half and the ball soon found Terrell Lewis, whose pace was too much for the hosts and his low cross was scrambled home by Strutton.
Miller produced a brilliant reaction save from Adam Louth as Chalfont went for the win but he was helpless when Terrell Lewis delivered another low ball across the area and Strutton was left all alone to slam home the winning goal.
HAREFIELD: Miller, Eldridge, Williams, Brown, Williamson, Kelly, A Willis, L Willis, Drake, Buckle, Gladdy. Subs not used: Haynes, Walters, Houliston.
Goals, Hares: A Willis 45+25; Williams 63. Chalfont: Swaysland 48; Strutton 79, 85. Attendance: 121.