Mark Stimson fell victim to the manager of the month award curse, after Waltham Abbey’s seven game winning run was brought to an end against Chipstead on Saturday.

The Abbott’s boss was handed the award after Abbey won each of their four league games in the Bostik South Central League in September.

However, Stimson’s side were unable to maintain that form against Chipstead at the weekend, as they dropped down to second place in the table after being beaten 2-0 away from home.

Having been denied an early penalty after Ellis Brown appeared to be brought down inside the area, Abbey would be undone by two goals in quick succession by Ezekiel Bademosi to hand the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break.

The Abbott’s were much improved after the re-start but couldn’t find that elusive goal which would have got them back into the game, with Daniel Aristidou’s effort from 15-yards being thwarted by the Chipstead goalkeeper and stand-in captain Billy Holland’s header being cleared off the line.

Abbey came close again when Robert Clark’s free-kick struck the post late-on but in the end it was too little too late from Stimson’s side, who were condemned to just their second league defeat of the season.

Speaking to Waltham Abbey’s website, Stimson said: "(It was) a disappointing way for our winning run to end as we didn't seem to get going in the first half. Credit to Chipstead who took full advantage of that and lead at half time 2-0.

“We were much better in the second half and if it wasn't for some great defending and a little bit of luck, we would have got something from this game."