Glasshoughton Welfare were once again guilty of taking their foot off the gas and surrendering winnable points late on as they lost 3-1 to near neighbours Garforth Town in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division on Saturday.
In an evenly matched game Welfare were in with a shout of ending their losing run until a 79th minute penalty turned the game Town’s way.
A cautious opening saw both teams testing each out initially. The visitors had the ball in the net after 10 minutes only to be denied a score from a linesman’s raised flag for offside.
Welfare then went to the other end and Kingsley Weatherald missed an easy opportunity to put them ahead, failing to beat former Glasshoughton keeper Paul Hagreen in a one-to-one situation.
Town showed their relief at this miss by putting the home defence under a prolonged period of pressure with both Spencer Lund and Mark Simpson putting half chances off target.
With home keeper Josh Archer once again on fine form it was looking like stalemate with the interval approaching, but Lund did redeem himself, turning home a low cross after a length of the field sortie by Jassim Allali.
Surprisingly Welfare levelled on the stroke of half-time, Aaron Horton striking powerfully into the roof of the net to give Hagreen no chance of saving.
The parity continued through into the second period with Town perhaps having more chances. The most clear cut opportunity came in the form of a spot kick following a clumsy challenge by Adam Walsh and although Archer brought off a magnificent low save Sam Jones followed up to slam the loose ball into the net to put Town ahead.
Welfare appeared deflated from the penalty incident and in a valiant effort to salvage a point were stretched at the back. With five minutes remaining a swift Garforth raid saw Jones net again to secure the game for the visitors.
Defeat left Welfare at the bottom of the table, still three points adrift of Retford United and Nostell MW.
Welfare: Archer, Dawley, Prudhoe (Mottley-Henry), Dyson, Walsh, Snaith, Horton, Leach (Hinchcliffe), Perks, Weatherald (Anderson), Cressey.
Glasshoughton now take a break with no games on the next two Saturdays before they return to action on Tuesday, March 10 when they host Staveley MW (7.45pm).