The run of league matches without a win for Cambridge City now stretches to four as the Lilywhites were beaten 4-3 by Aylesbury United.
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There were two changes to the City starting line-up with Joe Robinson coming in at centre back after missing out last week whilst new signing Adam Watkins was preferred in midfield in place of Lewis Whitehead. Youngster Isaac Maynard remained in midfield ahead of Ross Paterson who started on the bench.
City started the game with a much higher tempo than in recent weeks, but as is so often the way this season, they conceded an early goal. Aylesbury won possession in midfield and a ball forward split the City defence and Horatio Hirst made no mistake to fire home past Jamie Head.
City then had a passage of play when they were arguably well on top, and Adam Watkins drew a save from Jack Hopwood in the visitors goal after the new signing was set-up by James Hall. City should have scored shortly after when Hall provided an excellent opportunity for Sharman, but he could only put his effort wide from close range.
Ben Robinson then did well following a corner as he put in an excellent ball across the six yard box but there was no white shirt on hand to convert.
For the purple patch that City had enjoyed, it all backfired when the ball was won by the visitors in midfield and it was played out to Tre Mitford who had found space out wide and he produced a superb finish to put the Ducks further in front.
However, as the match approached half time City got one back when Joe Robinson was first to react from a corner and his header was converted by Ryan Sharman.
The momentum that City had following the goal continued after the break and the Lilywhites pulled level when skipper James Hall latched onto a through ball, and slotted it home past Hopwood.
At that point, the home side looked to be in the best position to go on and win. However, Aylesbury were denied when Jamie Head saved well and then Mitford hit the post with the header. The sucker punch came when City conceded a corner and Greg Williams was the first to react when he ghosted in unmarked at the near post to head home.
It got worse for City shortly after when Keano Robinson conceded a needless free kick no more than 10 yards outside the box. Up stepped Matt Peake-Pijnen, who fired a fine free kick over the City wall past Jamie Head who was rooted to his line.
Robbie Nightingale introduced fresh legs with Mickey Davies, Ross Paterson and Nathan Olukanmi coming on, but it was Ben Robinson who earned City late hope when he won a penalty. James Hall stepped up and duly converted from the spot.
The Lilywhites tried to get a dramatic late equaliser, but couldnt find a way through and the visitors went home with the points that condemned City to another defeat.
Next up for City is a trip to AFC Dunstable next Saturday, before a difficult looking Christmas programme. Four defeats on the bounce is by far and away the worse run of Nightingales two year reign and City fans will be desperately hoping that the City boss and his management team will find a solution before the nose dive down the league becomes a crisis rather than a concern.