A late goal denied Glasshoughton Welfare a point in a game full of incident at home to AFC Emley in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night.
Mick Norbury’s men looked set to earn a point until Ashley Flynn came up with an 89th minute winner to give Emley a 3-2 victory.
Welfare took the lead on 10 minutes when birthday boy Nathan Perks latched onto a Kingsley Wetherald flick on.
Emley equalised through Sam Scrivens before a floodlight failure saw the game halted for 15 minutes just before half-time. After the resumption, Tom Brennan scored a second for Emley then Brett Bate tangled with an opponent leading to a mass melee involving most of the players and the Emley subs. Bate was sent off.
In the second half Emley missed a penalty and Welfare keeper Jordan Watson pulled off two fabulous saves to keep his side in it. Perks got his second goal on 75 minutes and it looked like it would be a draw until Flynn’s 89th minute header.
Glasshoughton were unable to prevent AFC Mansfield from going back to the top of the first division on Saturday, but put up a battling display despite ending with 10 men.
Welfare led for much of the contest, but went down 3-1 after Mansfield came up with three goals in the last 25 minutes.
The hosts were stunned in the 26th minute when James Davies drove home. Darren Shirt made two fine saves from free-kicks to keep Welfare ahead and Perry Marriott crashed a header from a corner against the bar as it stayed 1-0 to half-time.
The second half saw Craig Mitchell go close for Mansfield before they equalised on 65 minutes when Mitchell beat Shirt with a sweet volley.
Welfare came roaring back and Jason White had to make a superb double save to keep them at bay. White then denied Wetherald with a close range save. But it was Mansfield who made it 2-1 on 80 minutes through Jimmy Ghaichem.
It got worse for the visitors two minutes later when Wetherald was dismissed for an off the ball incident after earlier being booked.
Mansfield then secured the points four minutes from time as Adon Spencer and Ryan Williams set up Dean Rick to score.
Glasshoughton are back at home this Saturday when they host Westella VIP (3pm), who are two places above them in 14th.