DOG boss Simon Kerins was furious after three late cry-offs forced his side to play this top-of-the-table clash with only 10 men.
All the withdrawals came on the morning of the game, and Dog’s task was made harder still when they conceded two goals in the opening 20 minutes.
However, the champions showed great spirit and deserved Oli Steele’s fine goal with 10 minutes left on the clock.
They pressed for an equaliser, only for Black Bull to score from a corner following a counter-attack.
Dog skipper Jamie Enefer was man of the match.
Kerins said: “I’ve felt for a while that we are the greatest dangers to ourselves and sadly I have been proved right.
“I may be doing a disservice to the other two players, but only one of the excuses seems acceptable to me and I view what has happened as a lack of respect for everyone else at the club.
“You would expect people to be itching to play for a team that has started its title defence so well, but seemingly that is not the case.
“If they can be so cool and relaxed about pulling out at the 11th hour, I can be even more cool and relaxed about not picking them!”
Dog visit Church Town at Foxhill Bank on Sunday.
FINAL SCORE: Dog Inn 1, Black Bull 3