AFC Sudbury were left void of any festive cheer after they slipped to a 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Brightlingsea Regent.
In what proved an even contest, the match looked destined for a draw before former Hadleigh United player Ollie Canfer struck late on to snatch victory for the visitors.
The defeat leaves Sudbury three points adrift of the play-off places ahead of a New Year’s Day derby clash with Needham Market.
In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Hadleigh United suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Felixstowe and Walton United while in the First Division Long Melford moved to within a point of league leaders Saffron Walden Town with a 3-1 victory over Felixstowe and Walton United.
In the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City saw their promotion ambitions dented as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat away at Reading.
A Hal Robson-Kanu penalty and Simon Cox strike saw the home side 2-0 ahead at the break with Bradley Johnson grabbing what proved to be a 71st minute consolation.
In contrast Ipswich Town remain second in the table following an emphatic 4-2 win away at Brentford.
A Daryl Murphy double and Paul Anderson strike had the visitors 3-0 up inside 30 minutes before Sam Saunders reduced the deficit with 10 minutes remaining.
Tommy Smith restored the three-goal advantage with eight minutes remaining before Saunders grabbed his second in the final moments.
The result leaves the Tractor Boys four points behind leaders Bournemouth with a game in hand ahead of facing Charlton Athletic tomorrow (Tuesday).