Glasshoughton Welfare were unlucky not to make it 11 games unbeaten when they were at home to Grimsby Borough in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night.
Grimsby arrived at Leeds Road one place and one point above Welfare and went away with a 2-1 result to end the hosts’ long run without a defeat.
Welfare had to play most of the match with 10 men after keeper Dan Waring was controversially sent off on 10 minutes. To make matters worse Andy Horbury donned the gloves and was beaten from the resulting free-kick.
He went onto have great game, however, and was unlucky to be beaten again on 73.
Grimsby keeper Scott Drury was the visitors’ MOM, pulling off at least four superb saves from Nathan Keightley as Welfare defied playing with a man less.
Keightley did finally score on 77 minutes, but Welfare could not find an equaliser.
Glasshoughton were in good form last Saturday when they enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win at Shirebrook Town.
Ashley Scothern notched his first of the season to open the scoring, but Alex Nightingale quickly equalised. Nathan Keightley pounced to give the away side the lead at half-time and he hit two more in the second half to seal the victory.
Welfare made a couple of changes from the side that had beaten Nostell in midweek with captain Adam Hayton returning in place of Olly Maude and Dan Waring returning in goal in place of the injured Andy Holland.
Waring was in good form, handling the ball well and showing good confidence in catching high balls well against opponents with a number of new players after their midweek drubbing at Pontefract Collieries.
The home side opened brightly with Oliver Grady heading a cross over. Nightingale then hit a shot which Waring gathered well.
Welfare took the lead on 10 minutes when Hayton hit a superb ball to Keightley on the right and he cut in before passing to Scothern, who hammered the ball beyond Jack Dennison in the home goal.
Shirebrook hit back 10 minutes later when good play up the left saw the ball played into Alex Nightingale who fired home from eight yards.
Welfare went back in front on the half-hour when Scothern fed the ball over the home defence where Keightley latched onto it before rounding Dennison and placing the ball into the far corner from a narrow angle.
Just before the break the visitors were struggling to clear the ball and Alex Torr curled an effort just over. At the other end Rich Collier strode forward and hit a fierce shot into the side netting.
The second half opened with the home side on the attack and a dangerous free-kick was well held by Waring.
Welfare increased their lead on 52 minutes after a howler from home keeper Dennison. He tried to control the ball with his feet some 30 yards out, but Keightley harassed him, won the ball then ran on to shoot into the empty net.
Welfare now went for the goal to seal the game with Keightley miskicking a Collier cross and Callum Harrison forcing Dennison to tip a fierce shot over.
The home side tried to come back with Waring having to make a good save low down to prevent a second goal and then Liam Osborne hit the bar with a 25-yard free-kick.
But Welfare sealed the points on 68 minutes when a cross from Collier beat Dennison and the ball was hacked away only to the feet of Keightley, who from 20 yards out hammered the ball back into the middle of the net for his 11th goal of the season.
More goals could have followed late on as Keightley hit a snap shot just wide and substitute Jermaine Moyce volleyed a Collier corner against a defender.
After the game Welfare joint manager Darren Holmes said: “It was a great result and a good solid team performance.
“We worked hard and got the result that we deserved. We played good football going forwards and we defended well.”
Glasshoughton host Premier Division Hemsworth MW in a Buildbase FA Vase second qualifying round tie this Saturday (3pm) and they are also in action in the league next Tuesday, away to Teversal (7.45pm).