EARLY season strugglers Stafford Rangers are still without a league point after suffering a third successive home defeat, 4-2 against Ilkeston FC on Saturday.
Rangers remain anchored to the foot of the table after conceding two late goals just when it appeared they had rescued a much-needed first point.
Home boss Greg Clowes drafted in two on-loan players, James McCarthy from AFC Fylde and Telford's Martyn Jackson, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring on 14 minutes.
A right wing corner from James Reid was glanced home at the near post by Aaron Webster.
Rangers were back on level terms on 27 minutes when a slip in defence by Ilkeston let in Michael Lennon whose effort was blocked, but Danny Quinn was on hand to head home.
Sixty seconds after Rangers had defender Andy Mason red-carded for bringing down Antwan Russell just outside the area, Ilkeston restored the lead through Webster's deflected shot.
Ilkeston had defender Joe Maguire sent off for two bookable offences on 69 minutes and just two minutes remained when sub Jon Sheldon levelled for Rangers.
It looked as though Rangers were heading for their first point of the campaign, but Ilkeston hit them with late strikes from Gary Ricketts (90) and Kane Richards in the third minute of stoppage time, after home keeper Jon Brain had been caught out trying to dribble the ball clear.
Rangers travel on Tuesday night still looking for that elusive first Evo Stik Premier point of the season when visiting Skelmersdale United (7.45pm).