Ponte Colls lose first game back in Premier

Mark Whitehouse, on target for Pontefract Collieries.
Mark Whitehouse, on target for Pontefract Collieries.

Pontefract Collieries quickly learned about life in the top division of the Toolstation NCE League as they lost on their big return to the Premier on Saturday.

In their first game back in the Premier Division for 15 years, Colls hosted Armthorpe Welfare and came off second best, losing 3-1.

Ponte made the worst possible start to their campaign when they conceded in the very first minute, Joe Lumsden netting for the visitors.

Lumsden, who was Armthorpe’s top scorer last season with well over 20 goals, was on target again seven minutes into the second half to double his side’s lead.

Colls kept battling and were rewarded when Mark Whitehouse, one of the heroes of their promotion campaign last term, pulled a goal back on 72 minutes.

But hopes of a comeback and a point were dashed as James Handley made it 3-1 for Armthorpe nine minutes from time.

The Collieries management team will be hoping lessons will be learned for the next league fixture at home to Maltby Main next Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm).