Loughton Manor missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on Premier Division leaders Potterspury when they were held to a 2-2 draw away to bottom side Yardley Gobion.
While they were slipping up, Potterspury were also on the end of a surprise result as they could only manage a 0-0 draw at Stewkley.
The biggest winners of the day were therefore second in the table Great Horwood, now only trailing Potterspury on goal difference thanks to a 2-1 home win over Thornborough Athletic, with Loughton two points back in third, having played two games more than their title rivals.
While the battle goes on at the top of the table, MK Titans picked up a valuable 2-1 win against Silverstone, putting some more distance between themselves and the bottom three.
In the Premier Division Trophy, City Colts thrashed Southcott 11-2 to progress to the third round, while in the Interdivisional Trophy first round, Bow Brickhill edged past Denbigh Hall Sports 3-0 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Woburn Sands Wanderers saw their lead at the top of the Intermediate Division cut to two points when they were held 2-2 by City Colts Res.
Buckingham Town Res are Woburn’s biggest rivals after they beat AFC Santander 2-0, but with plenty of games still in hand Bow Brickhill remain a threat.
Elsewhere Wicken Sports thumped rivals Deanshanger Athletic 6-1, while there was a 5-1 defeat for Wolverton Town Res at Syresham and Hanslope beat Potterspury Res 3-1.
Division One champions-elect Bow Brickhill Res made it 18 wins out of 19 when they beat Charlton & District 3-2.
Great Linford Res drew 2-2 with Southcott Res, Olney lost 7-0 to Stoke Hammond and Woughton were beaten 3-1 by Marsh Gibbon Res.
The race for the Division Two title is still very much alive, with Scot Youth leading the way after their 4-0 beating of Steeple Claydon.
Rivals Comet MK thrashed Silverstone Res 5-0, while Stantonbury Social Elite saw off Great Horwood Res 3-1 and MK Wanderers ‘A’ beat St George’s by the odd goal in five.