The controversial dismissal of Blaine Kellett proved crucial as Glasshoughton Welfare went down 5-0 to near neighbours Garforth Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League.
Welfare were always struggling to match their hosts, but their hopes of taking a share of the proceedings disappeared down the tunnel along with their skipper when he was red carded just before half-time.
Garforth declared their intentions as early as the second minute, sweeping forward for Jack McCarthy to head narrowly wide and forcing keeper Josh Archer to save from Sam Akeroyd. The superb Archer saved again to deny Daniel Harris before Kingsley Weatherald raised hopes for Welfare with their first shot of note, but the tall Ben Hunter plucked the ball from under the crossbar with some ease.
Just as it appeared that the visitors had weathered the early storm a loss of possession in midfield led to Harris creating the opportunity to drive into the top corner to put the home men ahead on the half hour.
Welfare responded as Daniel Barrett sent an effort narrowly over and Weatherald put a long range shot over. But Town swept forward in numbers for Andy Hawksworth to side foot his side further in the lead on 41 minutes.
The visitors were then dealt a severe blow when the referee showed Kellett a direct red card for allegedly stamping on an opponent.
Town took advantage of their extra man to score again with an Akeroyd penalty. Andy Hawksworth then made it four and despite Welfare fighting back and making light of the deficit in numbers to restrict Town to one further score by Nick Black, the contentious dismissal had taken the edge off the encounter.
Welfare are at home to Armthorpe MW this Saturday (3pm) and host Farsley AFC next Tuesday in the first round of the West Riding County Cup (7.45pm).