Glasshoughton Welfare could not repeat their midweek cup tie heroics as they lost 3-0 to Handsworth Parramore, but they came closer to victory than the final score suggested.
The almost gale force wind made it hard for both teams, but the referee gave the go-ahead for the Toolstation NCE Premier Division fixture to take place and Welfare were put under early pressure despite having the advantage of the elements in the opening half.
In this spell the visitors went close on a number of occasions until Matt Cressey eased things with a mazy left side run and cross-come-shot which was cleared off the goal line by Parramore defender Simon Harrison.
The weather was causing control problems for both teams and when Welfare’s Arran Horton was presented with a chance the wind took the ball from him.
Parramore threatened from a left side free-kick, but Josh Archer was alert to Sam Smith’s header and then tipped a Gareth Davies screamer over the bar to take the game scoreless to the interval.
The keeper’s resistance appeared fruitless as within a minute of the restart Parramore went ahead, Bruno Holden stabbing home from a goalmouth ruck.
For a spell Handsworth were on top and Welfare were relieved when Parramore’s Luke Fletcher put a simple chance over the crossbar.
As the game warmed up both teams had players dismissed for what appeared handbags at five paces, Welfare losing Nathan Perks and the visitors’ Gareth Davies joining him in an early bath.
Handsworth responded in positive terms with Holden smashing a drive against the crossbar and the ball fortunately coming back into the welcome grasp of Archer.
The keeper then dealt in a similar manner with a powerful Holden header.
Welfare were threatening to make a comeback, but as in previous weeks were stunned by a controversial penalty decision in which the referee appeared to be duped and from the spot Smith put Handsworth decisively further ahead in the 84th minute.
Although Welfare still plugged away with the hope of salvaging the game it was Steven Woolley for the visitors who scored the final and decisive goal in the dying minutes, placing past Archer from close range and the hosts were left to rue an opportunity lost in which it was felt points could have been gained.
Welfare: Archer, Prudhoe, Morley (L Kellett), Walsh, Dyson, Snaith, Horton, B Kellett, Perks, Weatherald (Hurst), Cressey.
Glasshoughton, who remain second from bottom, are at home again this Saturday when they host Maltby Main, currently in 14th place. Kick-off is 3pm.