Town failed to recover from a heavy half-time deficit and went down to a 3-0 defeat against in-form Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Tuesday evening.
Home 'keeper Jamie Jones was the busiest of the two early on, and had to deal with two early efforts from Town - firstly gathering Thomas Dossevi's 20-yard effort, before watching a Jonathan Douglas free-kick fly just over the bar.
However, they found themselves a goal behind after 13 minutes, when Scott McGleish was fouled by Kevin Amankwaah on the edge of the box, and winger Dean Cox stepped up to side-foot the resultant free-kick into the corner via the fingertips of Phil Smith.
Town reacted well to going behind, and might have been on level terms a few minutes later as Michael Timlin slipped a neat ball through to Matt Ritchie, who drilled the ball past Jones, only to see it rebound against the post and roll clear of danger.
The visitors were largely in control of possession, and tested Jones through Douglas and Rose efforts, but just as they were looking likely to level the scores, Orient struck twice within a minute to seemingly take the game away from them.
The first of the double salvo came in controversial circumstances with Scott McGleish seemingly nudging Andy Frampton in the back before heading goalwards, and as Phil Smith parried the ball into the air, Alex Revell reacted quickest to nod the ball home from a yard.
Town were incandescent with rage and surrounded the officials, but there could be no complaints about the hosts' third, as Stephen Dawson was allowed time and space to move neatly outside Frampton and drill an excellent finish past Smith into the corner from the edge of the box.
It was a real sucker punch for Danny Wilson's side, but they continued to push forward and forced two more excellent saves out of the impressive Jones who tipped shots from Dossevi and Rose clear of goal in acrobatic style.
To be 3-0 down at the break was tough on Town who had controlled possession for large periods and looked dangerous going forward, but defensive lapses and a little bad luck left them with a mountain to climb.
The second half began at a pedestrian pace, with Town striving desperately for a way back into the game, and Orient apparently content with their lead.
Despite Danny Wilson introducing David Prutton and Jonathan Obika early on in the half, his side looked short on ideas and struggled to create a chance other than Paul Caddis' break and shot which Jamie Jones gathered with relative ease on 67 minutes.
It was Orient who went closest to adding to the scoreline as substitute Jonathan Tehoue found space on the edge of the box and smashed a shot goalwards, but Phil Smith reacted quickly to beat the deflected effort away from danger.
It took another painstaking 13 minutes for either side to create another chance, and it fell to Paul Caddis again, who hit an awkwardly bouncing ball over the top when in space in the penalty area.
As the game drifted into its final stages both sides went close to adding to the scoreline, with Phil Smith tipping a Jason Crowe effort onto the bar and Matt Ritchie drilling a Caddis lay off just wide of the post, but 3-0 it stayed, and in spite of an adequate first half showing, Town didn't do nearly enough in the second to deserve anything from this game.