SCARBOROUGH Athletic’s hopes of reaching the Evo-Stik League division one south play-off places suffered a huge dent as they crashed 4-0 at mid-table Chasetown.
The Seadogs are now 10 points off the top five, with eight games to go, after other results also went against them.
Boro paid the penalty in Staffordshire for misfortune in their own box as an own goal by Steven Ridley put the home team ahead midway through the first half, with two spot-kicks in the space of five minutes killing off the game after the break.
Simon Brown was successful both times, on 76 and 81 minutes, before Lee Butler bagged a last-minute fourth goal.
Scarborough go to lowly Bedworth this Saturday, a fortnight after beating them 1-0 at home.
There was also disappointment for Whitby Town in Evo-Stik premier division as they fell to a fourth successive defeat, beaten 3-1 at fourth-bottom Witton.
Craig Farrell gave them a first-half lead with his fifth goal in as many games but the Blues dropped off the pace in the second half, to player-boss Darren Williams’ annoyance.
They remain entrenched in mid-table but, having been targeting the play-offs not too long ago, any more defeats may have them looking over their shoulders.
Farrell smashed home from 12 yards after Tom Portas had laid the ball back. However, 10 minutes into the second half, Witton levelled through Dan Andrews, knocking home after keeper Shane Bland had parried Josh Hancock’s cross.
Alex Titchiner got their second as he chested down a long ball and fired in, and sub Jon Dawson the third, after Town were again cut up easily. It could have been worse but for second-half Bland saves, while Witton also hit the woodwork twice.