PARKGATE face a four point deficit to make up at the top of the Premier Division just a week after sitting clear on the summit.
A second defeat to Winterton Rangers in seven days plus a postponed fixture at Scarborough Athletic last weekend saw the Steelmen lose the lead of the league.
And although they hold two games in hand over current table toppers AFC Farsley, Parkgate are now on the back foot in the title race as they prepare for the visit of struggling Liversedge on Saturday.
With the next five teams all holding between two and five games in hand, the pressure is firmly on the Steelmen to get back to winning ways.
For the second successive midweek match, Winterton proved to have a little too much for Parkgate in a thrilling contest, running out 4-3 winners.
Rangers took a 15th minute lead when Gavin Cooper and Jack Cross left the Parkgate defence for dead with the latter drilling past James Jenkinson.
Parkgate levelled five minutes later when Ashley Worsfold turned on the edge of the area and blasted home.
And they took the lead shortly after when James Ghaichem collected Jenkinson’s long punt and found Worsfold to add his second.
But Rangers were not behind for long as Cross smashed home an effort off the post.
The relentless pace of the contest remained as Winterton took the lead before the break as Gavin Cooper capitalised on slack defending to fire home.
The second half was not as lively as the first with the next goal not arriving until five minutes from time.
But it proved key as Winterton established a two goal margin when Jenkinson failed to hold a mediocre shot from Danny Barlow and it rolled over the line.
Parkgate hit back immediately through Grant Allott but it proved too late as Rangers keeper Jody Barford and defender Daniel Smith made last gasp goal–line clearances to keep their side in front.