City's youthful attack failed to find gaps in the Awsworth Villa defence
Southwell City suffered their first defeat of the season, losing the top-of-the-table clash 2-0 to Awsworth Villa.
Despite the defeat, City remain top of the Notts Senior League Premier Division on goal difference, and still have a game in hand on Saturday’s rivals.
Villa took the lead in the 11th minute when Daniel Towle’s unmarked back-post header flew past City keeper Ryan Fletcher from six yards out.
City almost levelled in the 33rd minute, but Robert Haigh’s acrobatic effort was saved comfortably by the visiting keeper.
On the brink of half-time Villa doubled the lead, taking advantage of the indecisive City defence.
Forward Liam Towle, chased down the home defence and was rewarded with a tap-in from two yards out.
City’s Luke Price, who hit a brace in his debut last weekend, was introduced at half-time, replacing George Caudwell.
The change had a positive short-term impact and the hosts had a controversial penalty claim turned away after Oliver Clarke was brought down in the box.
Second-half substitute Calum Law almost pulled one back for City in the 68th minute, however his snap shot was saved well by the visiting keeper.
A final push for City saw Stewart Gill come on for Leuan Plume, but the change failed to spark a comeback as the hosts’ unbeaten run ended.
On Saturday, table-toper’s City travel to 11th place Attenborough.
A 2-1 away victory for Southwell City Reserves against Mansfield Hosiery Mills moved them up to fifth place in the Division One of the NSL.