Kellingley Welfare were desperately unfortunate not to take at least a point from a 3-1 defeat against Wyke Wanderers in West Yorkshire League Division One.
Due to injuries and late withdrawals, Kells were down to a bare 11 with no recognised keeper.
However, they more than matched their opponents in the opening half hour and created good chances.
Wyke snatched the lead but battling Kells levelled on the stroke of half-time when Jordan Hutchinson’s cross saw centre back Ian Gordan guide the ball home.
In the second-half, Kells were on the front foot and Rob Anderson and Kris Sleight both had good efforts saved.
Disaster then struck for Kells when an attempted header back to the keeper didn’t have enough pace on it, leaving a tap in for a Wyke striker.
Kells continued to press. They pushed forward strongly and Dan McCormack was narrowly foiled.
Hutchinson made probing runs but was taken out a number of times with cynical fouls.
Harry Hinchcliffe and Anderson both went close to equalising. Connor Ferguson had another strong game at centre back with Brett Smith, Jack McLean and Gordan also shining.
Kellingley’s hopes of a point were dashed when they conceded an unfortunate own goal 10 minutes from time.
With more performances like this , Welfare should soon taste victory. They host fellow strugglers Baildon Trinity Athletic in their next game.
Featherstone Colliery climbed into the top half of Division One with an excellent 3-2 victory over Carlton Athletic who are above them in the table.
Both teams had to contend with a referee who was whistle and card happy all game.
Featherstone’s Gareth Ward went close before they were unlucky not to go ahead when Michael Seed found Kyle McDonald on the break and his shot struck a post.
Carlton then broke the deadlock after being awarded a disputed free kick on the eddge of the box.
Colliery levelled before half-time when Kyle Sambrook picked out Si Davis who was on target to make it 1-1.
Carlton regained the lead 10 minutes into the second-half but Featherstone squared matters again when Sam Harrison scored after good work by Davis.
With 20 minutes left, Ward was sent off for a second bookable offence to the bemusement of everyone.
That setback lifted Featherstone and David Price, Scott Ellam, Seed and Jamie Rollinson were excellent at the back as Carlton pressed.
Colliery hit their opponents on the counter when youngster Jamie Deal won the ball with a fine challenge and sent McDonald clear and he kept his cool to supply a superb pass to Harrison who side footed the ball into the net.
Featherstone are in league cup action at Knaresborough Town on Saturday.
Division Two title-chasers Glasshoughton Welfare dropped vital points in a 3-3 draw against lowly Ossett Common Rovers.
It cost Welfare top spot because close rivals Thornhill won at Barwick.
There was an impressive debut by Welfare’s new goalkeeper Carl Sutcliffe who had to face three penalties on his first appearance.
Welfare opened the scoring on 10 minutes when a scuffed shot on goal by Blaine Kellett somehow saw the ball reach Jacob Blackett who fired home.
Ossett levelled from the penalty spot but Welfare regained the lead when good passing between Grainger and Leung saw the ball fall to Liam Cooper who fired home.
Shortly before half-time, Ossett were awarded their second penalty which Sutcliffe brilliantly saved.
Welfare increased their lead to 3-1 in the 58th minute with Josh Prudhoe’s first goal of the season after good work by MOM Andrew Sunley and Blackett.
Ossett pulled a goal back with a dubious penalty and they scored their third goal after 72 minutes following a mistake in the Welfare area.
Sutcliffe then rescued Welfare with a fantastic save from a fierce free kick.
Danny Wilders came on for Blackett after 80 minutes but the under 19s player had little time to impress for Glasshoughton.