Glasshoughton Welfare felt the backlash of Castleford Tigers’ trip to Wembley as they were only able to field 10 players for their visit to Tadcaster Albion’s Ings Lane ground and came away with a 5-1 defeat.
In an even opening Welfare made light of the deficit in numbers and matched the home men, but the extra ground to be covered told on them towards the end.
Tadcaster showed their intentions of taking advantage of the extra man by spreading passes far and wide over the pitch, giving Josh Greening an early opportunity which was scorned.
Inevitably Welfare were pushed back and from an early flag kick Albion’s Josh Barrett was left unmarked to head home.
Welfare were indebted to Josh Archer in not going further behind, the keeper pulling out incredible saves from Terry Taylor and former Welfare player Callum Ward.
Taking heart from this, Welfare forced their way into the game and after unbelievably putting the hosts on the back foot they actually levelled with a good goal from Blaine Kellett, who finished off a five-man move.
Although Albion had strong claims for a penalty turned down 10-man Welfare deserved to go in at the interval on level terms.
The restart saw Welfare the brighter of the two, but after Danny Barrett had turned well to shoot narrowly wide Tadcaster began slowly to make the extra man pay, putting the visitors more on the defensive.
It was no surprise when Albion went in front, Greening reacting quicker to prod home in a goalmouth scuffle.
Despite the heroics of a dogged visitors with Matt Cressey clearing off the goal line the lead was increased when Ward took advantage of a number of missed challenges to hook home.
Albion by now were bossing proceedings and when Paddy Miller evaded would be tackles to sweep down the left flank and cross substitute Danny Critchlow side footed the hosts further ahead.
In the closing minutes despite Welfare’s desperate defending Josh Barrett produced an almost carbon copy of the earlier goal only on this occasion going all the way himself to drive home and give the visitors little joy for a gritty performance against all the odds.
This Saturday Glasshoughton are in league action away to Parkgate FC (kick-off 3pm).