Keswick lost the top of the table battle 2-0 at home to Timperley in a game which lived up to its billing.
Leaders Timperley were unbeaten and Keswick had high ambitions to change that record but a goal in each half saw the visitors through to another win.
Timperley were soon on the attack, putting Keswick under long periods of pressure, as their younger players fitted in well with their game plan.
The Keswick defence stood resolute, though, and a couple of good saves from Will Anderson kept the scores level.
One downside to the sustained Timperley pressure was that Tom Morgan and Shaun Wilson had to concentrate on defending and were rarely able to go on any of their usual rampaging runs from the back. This left more work for the midfield to enable the forwards to get into the visitors D.
The score stayed level until the 25th minute when a run from Timperley’s Josh Hughes down the left side drew the defence towards him and as he went into the D he passed across goal to find Josh Higgins at the back post to turn the ball in for the lead.
The second half saw more Timperley pressure and in the 14th minute it to a penalty corner, from which Matt Hardern shot from just inside the D, leaving Anderson no chance in the goal to extend the lead.
Keswick themselves earned a penalty corner on 22 minutes from which Morgan’s shot went narrowly wide. Then at the other end Anderson pulled of another good save before the final whistle.