Due to a combination of players having to work, injuries and suspensions Glasshoughton Welfare were only able to field 10 men on their trip to Worksop Parramore on Saturday.
In the circumstances they put in a spirited first half display before eventually succumbing to the superiority of numbers to lose 8-0.
Welfare actually had the first opportunity to take the lead, but Russell Headley spurned it.
New signing Pat Mumbley then struck a perfect free-kick, but home keeper Steve Hernandiz pulled out all the stops to deflect the shot wide.
Parramore eventually settled and began to exploit the extra man and open up the visitors defence to allow both Luke Fletcher and Callum Ward to go close.
Welfare were putting in the extra effort and matched their opponents until on 25 minutes a late challenge by Matt Donnelly gave the home men a penalty kick. Welfare remonstrated that the offence was outside the box with the player falling inside, but Lee Whittington stepped up to put the home men ahead.
As Parramore piled on the pressure Freddie Swales cleared off the goal-line and Ian Clarke raked a shot across the goal, but Welfare were putting up a spirited challenge with everyone covering yards of extra ground.
However, just as it appeared they would go to the interval with the narrowest of deficits Worksop netted twice, Whittington toeing home from a goalmouth scramble and a long chip by the same player catching keeper Paul Hagreen flat footed to give Parramore a somewhat flattering lead at the interval
From the restart Worksop had obviously decided on an attacking plan and despite Welfare’s Hilliaro Serreoa going close the home men were going forward in numbers.
They began to exploit an overworked defence and score at regular intervals with Danny Ingram starting off the rot when being left unmarked to place in at the far post.
Jordan Eagers beat the defence and the keeper with a long range lob and Whittington converted his second penalty of the day.
When Hagreen failed to collect a cross cleanly Whittington was on hand to tap home and although in between new player Mumbly failed to head Welfare onto the score sheet, Worksop’s Whittington was allowed to proceed from what looked an offside position to place past Hagreen and complete a double hat-trick on a day which was lacking any Christmas cheer for a depleted Welfare side.
Glasshoughton are next in action on Saturday when they will be looking to field a stronger side for their Toolstation NCE Premier Division game at home to Long Eaton United (kick-off 3pm). The following Saturday sees them travel to Retford United.
Pontefract Collieries had their scheduled home game with Knaresborough Town postponed on Saturday.
They remain in fourth place in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League and now face back to back games with Hall Road Rangers, away to them first on Saturday (3pm) then at home to the same opponents the following Saturday (3pm).