A goal from Ashley Robinson was not enough to prevent Daventry Town tumbling to their second defeat of the season at promotion favourites Slough Town.
A double from Rebels striker Johnnie Dyer helped to push his side into third place in the league table.
A weakened Town went behind after just six minutes, a curling shot from Dyer looped over the head of keeper Richard Morris to give Slough an early advantage.
Five minutes later Daventry were unlucky not to draw level, Ross Oulton was brought down on the edge of the area, and the resulting free kick from Tom James hit the bar.
Oulton was proving to be a real handful for Slough, Ben Edwards going in the referees note book, for a late challenge on the lively midfielder.
Joe Henderson, replacing the injured Liam Dolman, had an excellent game his outstretched leg deflected a shot wide of the post.
Ed Smith gave Slough a 2-0 lead after 38 minutes, giving Daventry an uphill task in the second half.
A goal on 55 minutes from substitute Robinson, returning from a hip injury, briefly raised hopes that Daventry could get something from the game.
Adam Confue then came very close to grabbing an equaliser, having a shot cleared off the line.
But Johnnie Dyer grabbed his second goal in the final couple of minutes, finally securing the three points for Slough.
Daventry are now seventh in the table, nine points behind leaders Barton Rovers but with five games in hand.
This Saturday (30th November) Daventry are back in cup action once, hosting Conference South strugglers Maidenhead United at Communications Park in the first round of the FA Trophy.
Slough Town 3 Daventry Town 1
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Calor League Central Division
Holloways Park, Windsor Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks
Daventry: Richard Morris (Captain), Ashley Deeney (Sanders 70mins), Ollie Wilkinson, Marcel Simpson, Joe Henderson, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Neil King, Josh Blake (Robinson 45mins), Tom James, Tom Lorraine
Scorer: Ashley Robinson 55minutes
Man of the Match: Marcel Simpson
In the book: None