City of Peterborough suffered a rare home defeat in the East Premier A Division on Saturday (September 24).
City went down 5-2 to early-season pacesetters St Albans in a battle at Bretton Gate between two teams expected to challenge for honours.
City actually started well with summer signing Sam Blunt sweeping home the opening goal after a swift counter attack.
But the visitors equalised from a quick counter attack of their own and then struck twice in the final five minutes of the half to give City the proverbial mountain to climb.
City were denied by some fine goalkeeping at the start of the second-half before St Albans broke away again to make it 4-1 from a short corner.
Skipper Ross Booth struck from a City penalty corner for 4-2, but St Albans had the final word with a fifth goal.
Two of the Saints goals came from Adam Wilson, a player who progressed through the ranks at Bretton Gate, before switching clubs in the summer. Wilson also set a goal up.
Matt Porter, on his home debut for the first team, earned himself man of the match for his passionate performance , driving the team forward at every opportunity.
City, who had won their opening game at Saffron Walden, have another tough Premier Division game at Harleston this Saturday (October 1).