Hitchin Town saw their good run of form hit a speed bump as they lost at home to Stamford in the Southern League.

The Canaries, who were second in the Premier Division Central table at start of play, lost 2-1 to the Lincolnshire side after conceding twice in a very disappointing first period for the Top Field hosts.

It improved after the break though and Layne Eadie gave them real hope when he pulled one back on 49 minutes.

They had chances to level, most notably through Eadie again and Finley Wilkinson, but no more goals came, dropping them down to third.

Stotfold always knew it would be a tough task in Division One Central at home to big spending and unbeaten Bedford Town but they gave it a good go in front of a big crowd at New Roker Park, losing 2-0.

Speaking on Twitter, manager Brett Donnelly said: "It's a loss I can take. Bedford are a top side and will probably win the league as Lee has assembled a very good team there.

"But I'm pleased to say my boys competed and probably should have been ahead at half-time.

"Sadly the game know how and experience paid at the end but [I'm taking] positives only."

In the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, Arlesey Town were beaten 4-0 at Cockfosters but there was some better news in cup competitions.

A youthful Baldock Town won 4-0 at home to Totternhoe in the SSML Challenge Trophy thanks to goals from Fraser Findlay, Archie O'Brien, Owen Robertson and Troy Tizard-Cleghorn while Letchworth Eagles beat Everett Rovers 2-1.

Daniel Charles and Luke Shimell got the goals.

Codicote, however, lost 3-0 to Bishop's Stortford Swifts in the second round of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy.