CANTERBURY’S English Premier Division woes showed no signs of improving after the mid-season break after they slumped to their 11th defeat in 12 games against Surbiton.
Having already lost 1-0 to their mid-table opponents earlier in the season, the city club went down by the only goal again under floodlights at Polo Farm on Saturday evening despite having bolstered their attacking options during the break.
Their task of avoiding relegation was made all the harder as their closest rivals Bowdon and Hampstead and Westminster both drew and Havant won.
They now lie seven points adrift of third-bottom Bowdon with six games remaining - though the north west team have played a game less.
Sevenoaks remain top of the National South Division after securing a narrow 2-1 win over Firebrands.
Pete Turner put Oaks ahead before Dan Nicoll pulled Firebrands level. George Torry scored the home side's winner.
Holcombe kept their promotion hopes alive after a David Mathews hat-trick guided Holcombe to a 6-2 win over Robinson's.
Danny Laslett, Liam Foster and Samuel Lund were also on target. Oliver Fuller (2) scored both goals for Robinson's.
Bromley & Beckenham secured a 3-1 win over University of Cambridge.
Josh Allen-Back, Michael Lawrence and Graham Butler got the goals. Simon Ashton scored for Cambridge.