Sabden battled valiantly against Church Town, before eventually succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
The locals held the score at 0-0 for almost an hour before Church scored a somewhat offside-looking header.
Church doubled their lead on 69 minutes before Jason Bates went on a mazy run, John Barnes-like, only being stopped in his tracks by a crude lunge.
David Fallon expertly despatched the penalty to give Sabden hope in a very even contest.
The Treacle Miners pressed for the equaliser but were eventually undone on the break with a third goal.
Bates was named man of the match.
Also in the Harry Dewhurst Memorial League, Dog Inn went down 6-0 against Bees Knees with only nine men.
Dog manager Simon Kerins was livid after four players failed to report for this fixture at Wilson’s.
Two players short, it was understandably a tall order for the Whallley side as, despite a spirited performance, their Accrington opponents were able to press home their numerical advantage.
Dog keeper Jonny Devine was named man of the match.
Kerins said: “I cannot fault the players who played, there were some excellent performances.”