BATTLING Eccleshall were on the receiving end of a 3-1 score line when visiting Stockport-based Cheadle Town on Saturday.
On a very heavy pitch Eccleshall had an early chance when a Andy Hadzik free kick led to Craig Hulme running in but home keeper, Steve Piggott, dived to save.
After Anthony Trucca fired over for Cheadle, the visitors went close again through Hulme, Dan Fenton and Hulme again.
It was even at this stage, but then Cheadle broke the deadlock on 34 minutes when Thabiso Magida stabbed the ball home, with the referee over ruling an offside flag by his assistant.
Eccleshall started the second half well and equalised on 48 minutes when a Fenton shot was saved by Piggott but Hulme was on hand to prod the ball home. Piggott in action again, diving full length to save a stinging shot from Marrow. As the rain came down the conditions were more difficult but Eccleshall had been lifted by the goal.
There were chances at both ends as these North West Counties rivals searched in the mud for a second goal and it was the hosts who restored the lead.
Magida was brought down on the edge of the area and the referee pointed to the spot, although the Eccleshall players clearly thought it was outside the box. Adam Oakes stepped up to covert the kick.
Hulme twice went close for Eccleshall as the visitors looked to level for a second time, before Cheadle sealed the game on 79 minutes when Nathan Neequay ran through and slotted the ball home.
Eccleshall AFC's game against Cheadle Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
This Saturday, Eccleshall are at home to Formby (3pm) in the NWC league, with Eccleshall AFC at Norton United with a 2.30pm kick off.