Glasshoughton Welfare paid the price for missing a number of chances as they lost 2-1 away to Dronfield Town in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night.
Welfare were looking to climb the table from their 16th, place and were up against opponents starting six points and five places above them.
They looked on course for the victory they were after as they carved the hosts open on several occasions in the first half and were good value for the lead gained when Josh Morley scored with a free-kick in the eighth minute.
Lewis Naylor hit back to level for Dronfield on 26 minutes and it was 1-1 at half-time.
Kingsley Wetherald hit the post twice in the second half as the visitors continued to create opportunities.
But the referee lost control and sent off Leon Cusworth followed by Wetherald.
He received a red card for an incident the referee seemed not to see nor the linesman. The Dronfield bench harassed the official and he took their word that something had happened with Wetherald, deciding to order him off.
To compound Welfare’s misery, the hosts then came up with a winning goal through Naylor as the game went into injury-time.
Welfare fought back to claim a good point against Penistone on Saturday.
The hosts did grab a two-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes as Ryan Smith and Kingsley Wetherald both took their chances but Penistone fought back.
Danny Barlow bent home a free kick two minutes later and Lewis Dickinson equalised seven minutes before the break to send the sides in level at the interval.
Penistone took the lead four minutes into the second half as Duncan Richards fired home following a goalmouth scramble but Smith’s second shortly after preserved a point for Glasshoughton.
Glasshoughton stopper Jordan Watson was forced into a good early save, turning Dickinson’s drive away for a corner.
The hosts replied instantly as the ball fell kindly for Smith who smashed home beyond Adam Rhodes, a lead that could have been doubled had Wetherald been more clinical.
Wetherald did not have to wait too long to get amongst the goals as he lobbed Rhodes after latching onto Josh Morley’s ball forward.
Barlow halved the deficit within two minutes after firing home direct from a free- kick that deceived Watson at the far post.
Dickinson restored parity heading into the break after flicking home from close range and Penistone took the lead just after the break t as Richards fired home following a goalmouth scramble.
Regan Fish played in Smith who slid home Glasshoughton’s third shortly after. Dickinson and Andy Ring both missed late chances for the visitors to steal all three points but found Watson in sublime form.
Welfare’s squad has been boosted by a couple of new signings. Striker Kingsley Wetherald has re-signed for the club after starting the season with Selby Town and Robert Thomas has joined from Liversedge.
This Saturday Glasshoughton are on their travels when they play Eccleshill United in the league (kick-off 3pm).
They are also in action next Monday night away to Evo-Stik League Harrogate Railway in a first round West Riding County Cup tie (kick-off 7.45pm).