Frickley Athletic had long serving striker turned midfielder Luke Hinsley sent-off as they crashed to a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Grantham Town in the Evo-Stik Premier League last Saturday.
Hinsley received his marching orders just before half-time, by which stage the Blues were already two down.
They never really got anywhere near the heights of their previous league game at Ashton as they fell behind within seven minutes to a Lee Shaw goal after he beat his marker in the box and fired past keeper Sebastian Malkowski.
Grantham almost made it two on 25 minutes when Harry Clifton’s fierce shot was pushed onto the crossbar by Malkowski. From the resulting corner, Luther Wildin saw his header cleared off the line.
Luke Shaw did double the hosts’ lead just after the half-hour as he cut in from the left, jinked his way into the area and found the back of the net with his shot.
On 38 minutes Frickley were then dealt a further blow as captain Hinsley was red carded after a heavy challenge in the centre circle.
With their extra man in the second half Grantham made it 3-0 when Felipe Barcelos netted after following in Lee Shaw’s strike.
Manager Lee Morris rang the changes to try to bring about an improvement with Nathan Valentine and Luke Mangham coming on as half-time substitutes and Joe Thornton a second half addition off the bench, but this was an off day for a Blues side that stayed in the bottom four.
Frickley were due to stage a relegation six-pointer at home to Skelmersdale United on Tuesday night, but their Westfield Lane ground fell victim to the wet weather after persistent heavy rain in the 48 hours leading up to the scheduled kick-off left the pitch waterlogged.
The postponement left the Blues fourth from bottom, three points ahead of Sutton Coldfield Town, who have also played 21 matches.
Skelmersdale are a further point back, but have three games in hand, while bottom of the table Corby Town are six points behind the Blues from two fewer matches.
Frickley now turn their attentions to back to back away games as they travel to play mid-table Halesowen Town on Saturday (3pm) and Skelmersdale in what would have been a quick return next Tuesday (7.45pm). The home match against them will be rescheduled and could be played in early December.