POOLE Town’s streak of defeats continued with a spirited 3-1 loss away at Chesham United.

After a tight first half league leaders Chesham pulled ahead 15 minutes from time via Ricardo German.

Josh Staunton’s deflected strike gave Poole hope in the final 10 minutes, but a penalty allowed German to restore Chesham’s lead.

The hosts made sure of the result five minutes into stoppage time through Jordan Edwards.

Inside five minutes Kai Samadi latched onto Harvey Slade’s flick, the youngster firing over the bar.

Lloyd Thomas was then called into early action to deny German, Poole’s shot stopper pushing the effort from six yards over the bar.

That was as close as either side would come in the second period, the teams enter the break locked at 1-1.

Pinball in the Chesham box from a Poole free kick almost produced the opener, but somehow Poole could not turn the ball goalwards.

Shortly after Thomas was alert to deny Brad Clayton, pushing the Chesham attacker’s effort on to the post.

The breakthrough would arrive 15 minutes from time, German latching on to Edwards’ through ball before curling an effort past the on rushing Thomas.

Disheartened, Poole pushed for an equaliser.

It would arrive on the 78th minute, when centre-back Staunton’s effort deflected kindly into the back of the net.

However, parity would last just seven minutes, with Chesham awarded a penalty after Declan Rose hauled down an attacker inside the area.

German made no mistake from the spot for his second.

Once again, Poole went forward in search of another equaliser.

That left them vulnerable on the break, with Chesham making sure of the result in stoppage time as Edwards rounded off a counter.

Defeat is Poole’s seventh in a row, leaving Dolphins seven points above the relegation zone.

Poole: Thomas; Rose, Staunton, Whisken, Wright; Tshaka (Holmes, 77), Lowes, Fogden, Slade, Samadi (Scrimshaw, 62); Chiedozie.

Unused subs: Hutchinson, Nippard, Evans (g/k).