Cape Town - SuperSport United succumbed to their fourth Absa Premiership defeat in a row with Serame Letsoaka's Golden Arrows holding on to a narrow 2-1 win at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday.
It was a happy return for former SuperSport assistant coach Letsoaka, whose troops were 2-0 up at the break courtesy of goals from Arrows captain Matome Mathiane and pacey winger Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Kingston Nkhatha pulled a goal back for the home side, but Arrows held on to move fifth on the log standings.
Both teams went on the offensive early on with Clayton Daniels seeing his effort fly wide before Mabhudi Khenyeza forced Ronwen Williams into a routine save in the early exchanges.
Williams has been SuperSport's mister dependable amid a difficult period and the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper had to be at his best to stifle Mahachi with 10 minutes on the clock. A suicidal back pass by Dove Wome was picked up by the Arrows wide man, but Williams was quick off his line to spare his teammates blushes.
Arrows though weren't left to rue the missed opportunity with Mathiane opening the KwaZulu-Natal side's account seven minutes later.
Mabhudi Khenyeza turned inside the area before swinging in a cross-cum-shot which was tapped in by the Arrows skipper at the far past with the SuperSport defenders caught napping
Matsatsantsa's best chance of the half fell to Wome in the 43rd minute with the Togo international guilty of missing a glaring opportunity from 12 yards after the loose ball fell at his feet.
The hosts were made to pay on the stroke of half-time as on-loan winger Mahachi breezed past a static Bongani Khumalo before firing a low shot under the onrushing SuperSport stopper.
Gordon Igesund's men came out firing after the break with Dean Furman seeing his deflected volley saved by Maxamilian Mbaeva eight minutes after the interval.
The Arrows keeper then got down well to keep out Thuso Phala, but SuperSport kept knocking through Nkhahta who saw his header cleared off the line before finally finding the back of the net in the 66th minute - the Zimbabwe striker blasting the ball into the back of the net via the inside of the post from an acute angle.
SuperSport continued to press in an attempt to conjure something from the game, but their efforts were in vain as the Tshwane side remain anxiously close to the relegation zone.