After their respective recent form, Alfreton fans might have been relishing a trip to Kettering.
But the travelling Reds fans were barely in the ground before finding themselves two goals behind.
Daniel Nti and Marcus Kelly had the Poppies in front inside five minutes - Amari Morgan-Smith hit a free-kick to half the deficit.
Southport piled on the misery for Blyth Spartans who remain rooted to the foot of the table thanks to Zehn Mohammed and David Morgan's goals.
Curzon Ashton are struggling and have taken just a point in their last seven - a four-goal drubbing at home to Brackley won't help matters.
Aaron Martin is the envy of the division at the minute - the Guiseley striker hit a hat-trick against Hereford to take his tally to 14 for the season.
Chester's Akwasi Asante also notched a treble as the Blues won comfortably at AFC Telford to move up to second.
Adam Marriott notched first thing and last thing for King's Lynn who were held at home to Gloucester City - Joe Hanks and Joe Parker scoring for the Tigers.
Kidderminster Harriers got their first home win of the season at the sixth attempt.
It was a brace from Ash Chambers that sunk visitors Altrincham.
Gateshead ran riot in eight second-half minutes to make it three wins and three clean sheets in as many games.
After going in goalless against Boston, Nicky Deverdics, JJ O'Donnell and Dom Tear blew the Pilgrims away.
Farsley Celtic also made it three wins on the bounce - also climbing sixth after seeing off Leamington.
York continued their almost perfect away form at Darlington.
Alex Kempster opened the scoring just before the hour mark before Paddy McLaughlin secured the win four minutes from time.
Elsewhere, Adam Boyes' late strike notched Spennymoor Town a point on the road at Bradford (Park Avenue) who led through Brad Dockerty.
Saturday's National League North final scores:
AFC Telford 1-3 Chester
Bradford (Park Avenue) 1-1 Spennymoor
Curzon Ashton 0-4 Brackley
Darlington 0-2 York
Gateshead 3-0 Boston
Guiseley 3-0 Hereford
Kettering 2-1 Alfreton
Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 Altrincham
King's Lynn 2-2 Gloucester
Leamington 0-3 Farsley Celtic
Southport 2-0 Blyth Spartans