BEACONSFIELD SYCOB fell further off the Southern League Central promotion pace with defeat to one of their main rivals last night.
They lost 3-1 at Royston, who jumped above them in the table with the result while sending Gary Meakin's men down to eighth place.
The five teams below Rams also have a number of games in hand on them.
Beaconsfield have now lost three in a row.
Meanwhile, Marlow's game at North Greenford United last night was postponed.