Earls came back from two goals down against Coventry United but their efforts bore no fruit after two late goals from the visitors.
Earls, with the return of striker Zack Lyons and new signing from Causeway United Jovan Blake-Walker on the bench, were almost back to full strength and were first on the attack, bringing the Coventry keeper into action in the first minute.
The visitors took the lead after 26 minutes when Tom McGuire took the ball just inside the Earlswood penalty area on the right and unleashed a shot across Earl’s keeper Mole which crept in just inside the far post.
After 37 minutes McGuire was through again for the visitors but lifted the ball over the bar.
Though the visitors had most of the forward play, the Earlswood attack tested the Coventry keeper twice late in the half.
And in the 42nd minute Keith Draper was put through by Bradley Hall only to see his shot skim a post.
United doubled their advantage in the 44th minute after a mix-up in the Earlswood defence saw the ball cross the line via a defender’s foot.
With substitute Jovan Blake Walker introduced after the break, Earlswood were first out of the blocks and reduced the arrears in the 47th minute when Lyons was put clear and from just inside the Coventry area he unleashed a shot that the visitor’s keeper could only touch as it flew into the top corner of the net.
Earls were on level terms in the 57th minute when Blake-Walker was put through and beat the keeper with a low shot into the net.
But Coventry hit them on the counter attack. Tom McGuire slotting past Mole.
Then on 83 minutes Brian Ndlovu collected the ball outside the Earlswood penalty area and hammered home.