PORT Talbot Town suffered a setback at the GenQuip Stadium as Connah’s Quay came from behind to secure a 2-1 win.
In a game of few chances, substitute Jason Bertorelli put Port Talbot ahead when he crashed home from long range in the 72nd minute.
But the Steelmen were pegged back in the closing stages as Lee Healey pounced twice to turn the tables.
The result was a blow for Port Talbot’s bid to finish seventh and gain a shot at European football.
Luke Holden had a long range shot that briefly threatened to loop over Steven Hall early on before the Port Talbot keeper gathered comfortably.
Adie Harris then showed some neat footwork in midfield before releasing Jason Bertorelli, on as an early substitute for the injured Lewis Harling, but the striker was dispossessed before he could threaten the goal.
Just past the half-hour mark, a Connah’s Quay corner routine backfired and Lee John raced away down the right flank.
John burst into the penalty area and picked out Bertorelli, who saw his shot saved by the onrushing Terry McCormick.
As the first half wore on, the Steelmen began to enjoy territorial advantage though clear scoring opportunities were at a premium.
On the stroke of half-time, Hall was called into action to smother a Holden effort after he was played in by a clever cross-field ball from Jack Rowlands.
And the visitors nearly went in front four minutes into the second half when Hoden saw his header thump back off the post.
Holden then forced a good save from Hall as Connah’s Quay tried to up the ante.
Another shot whistled past the Port Talbot post before Michael Burns lashed over.
At the other end, Sacha Walters tested McCormick before Ashley Evans brought an excellent save from the Connah’s Quay keeper with a dipping effort.
But McCormick was powerless to stop a thumping Bertorelli shot in the 72nd minute.
As the ball ricocheted out of the Connah’s Quay defence it was met with a thunderous drive from Bertorelli that arrowed into the top corner.
The visiting stopper then had to tip an audacious looping 35-yard attempt from Evans over the bar.
A Lee McArdle free-kick then called Hall into action in the 81st minute before the hosts were pegged back.
A long ball over the top caught the Port Talbot defence napping and Healey was able to loft the ball over Hall and into an empty net.
Rhys Griffiths had a last-minute chance to put Port Talbot back in front but fired against McCormick’s legs when one on one.
And in added time Healey beat Hall from the corner of the penalty area to snatch a late victory for the North Wales side.