Prescot Cables suffered their first league defeat in eight League matches, falling to a narrow defeat at in-form Trafford.
Cables appeared to run out luck in a game which saw Prescot create plenty of good opportunities which they were unable to convert.
The first half saw few chances for either side with the most noteworthy being a Trafford shot which rocketed down off the crossbar, down onto the line and safely back into play.
The pace picked up as the second half began. James Edgar hit the bar with a free kick and Lloyd Dean was denied on the goal line by a double save.
Josh Gregory was dismissed for a second yellow card which, as can be expected, altered the balance of the game but spurred Cables forward in search of an opening goal.
However, it was the home side who scored the only goal. Trafford were awarded a penalty after a foul in the corner of the penalty box. The spot-kick was converted by Lewis Salmon to give the hosts a late lead which they saw through to the final whistle.
Cables are back in action next Saturday and travel once again, this time to Clitheroe in the FA Trophy.