SALISBURY'S hopes of the title and automatic promotion were dented on Saturday afternoon as they lost 2-0 at Tiverton.

The result leaves the Whites fourth in the table three points behind leaders Weymouth who have played one game less.

At Tiverton, the visitors had the better of the first 45 minutes helped by the wind advantage with Darren Mullings, Luke Hopper and Matt Partridge all having chances.

Jack Sparkes came closest to scoring as he free-kick came back off the crossbar.

Just before the break, Tiverton went close as a Harrison Davis' cross fell to Levi Landricombe, but Jake Hallett in the Salisbury goal denied him.

Five minutes after the interval, the home side took the lead as Kane O'Keefe in trying to clear the ball only found striker Landicombe who slotted home.

Salisbury felt they should have had a penalty just after the hour mark, but the referee waved away the appeals after Aaron Dawson was brought down.

Soon after, Davis so nearly doubled the Tiverton advantage, but was denied by Hallett.

However, he had little chance with Tiverton's second goal scored by Landricombe.

New signing from Slough Town striker Chris Flood and Danny Young came on after 76 minutes, but the there was no way back for the visitors.

Next for the Whites is a home game against Chesham on Saturday.