Glasshoughton Welfare slipped to an agonising last gasp defeat against Hull United in last night’s NCE League Division One game at Leeds Road.
Welfare led 1-0 at the break but promotion-chasers Hull, who had a man sent off, snatched a 2-1 victory with an injury time winner.
Welfare should have taken the lead in the first minute when Andy Seed had a clear header at goal but missed the target.
The returning Kingsley Weatherald then shot high over the bar.
Another good Welfare move up the left saw the ball crossed to the far post but Connor Rollinson’s header drifted wide.
Welfare had a lucky escape on 15 minutes when the ball beat Josh Archer and struck a post with Gary Bradshaw then firing past the opposite post.
Kris Fawcett hit a shot over the visitors goal but slack Welfare defending allowed Jamie Richardson in on goal and only a fine block by Archer prevented him scoring.
Welfare took the lead on 32 minutes. Phil Dobson made a fine parry at the foot of his post to deny Weatherald’s direct free-kick but Fawcett reacted well to turn and fire the ball home for his first goal for the Castleford club.
Hull hit back and Bradley Kilburn made a great clearance off the line from a stooping Richardson header.
Welfare had a great chance for a second just before the break when Weatherald latched onto a through ball but Dobson clung onto his attempted lob over the goalkeeper.
Welfare forced four quick corners at the start of the second half but they were undone on 50 minutes when a 20-yard Bradshaw free-kick sailed over the defence into the top corner.
The visitors then went in search of a second and Welfare did well to stem the tides of attack.
However, Glasshoughton had their moments too.
Young Lucas Middleton fired a shot over and then Tom Giblin for Hull was red carded as he tripped Weatherald who was through on goal. The resultant free-kick came to nothing.
Welfare made a couple of substitutions and one of the subs Josh Morley hit an effort just wide.
Del Pollock was also on and he missed a great chance on 80 minutes when he poked the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
At the other end Archer was forced into a good save and then in the fourth minute of injury time the visitors got the final goal.
Another Bradshaw free-kick was hit over the defensive wall and beat Archer into the top corner.
Glasshoughton Welfare: Archer, Coyles, Brearley, Kilburn, (Morley), Hunter, (Akeister), Rollinson, Seed, Weatherald, (Pollock), Fawcett, Middleton.
Hull United: Dobson, Hall, Piercey, McNamara, Giblin, Atkinson, Fox, (Horn), Foster, Hill, Bradshaw, Richardson. Referee: Colin Unwin.