A superb 20-yard strike condemned Banbury United to their third consecutive league defeat, despite an improved showing against high-flyers Hereford on Tuesday.
The Puritans, who set the pace in the opening weeks of the Southern Premier League, have slipped to mid-table following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Basingstoke Town and Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at home to the Bulls.
Hereford’s winner came when Keyon Reffell showed fantastic control to fire an unstoppable effort from just outside the area into the far bottom corner of the net.
Boss Mike Ford said his Banbury side showed ‘more steel’ compared to previous matches but, despite improving in the second half, Hereford remained resolute to secure the win.
The defeat followed a shakier defensive display at Basingstoke at the weekend.
New Dragons singing Sam Argent scored twice on his second debut for the club, his first of the afternoon giving the hosts an early lead on five minutes.
The Puritans grabbed an equaliser right on half time as Jack Harding kicked a long ball out to Tom Winters, who produced a stunning shot from 25 yards out to beat Basingstoke custodian Colm McAdden.
Basingstoke got themselves back in front with a quarter of an hour to go thanks to a tap-in from substitute Ashleigh Artwell.
Argent completed his impressive return in stoppage time as he slotted home Sam Smart’s cross.
United have the weekend off but travel to Gosport Borough, who have one point, on Tuesday.