Lowestoft Town's hopes of making it three wins on the trot were dashed even before they set off with both Josh Curry and Jake Reed dropping out ill from a squad already missing the injured Jack Wilkinson and suspended duo of Andrew Fisk and Jacek Zielonka.
Lowestoft Town are just two wins away from a potential clash with a Football League club in the FA Cup - but of more pressing concern is their poor run of form in the Southern League Premier Central Division.
There was national cup action at Walmer Road last Saturday afternoon with this season's first venture into the Buildbase FA Vase in a second qualifying round match against Thurlow Nunn Division One North opposition.
With no first team fixture last Saturday, Kirkley & Pakefield made a quick return visit to Trafford Park on Tuesday evening after last week's 3-2 defeat in the FA Cup, this time for a Thurlow Nunn Premier Division League match.
Lowestoft were desperately unlucky to come away from their opening game of the season without a point after dominating the second period and carving out several good opportunities before losing 2-1 at Hednesford.