Ponte Colls’ winning run ended by Ammers

Mark Whitehouse
Mark Whitehouse

Injuries finally took their toll on Pontefract Collieries as their four-match winning run in the Toolstation NCE Division One came to a halt when they went down 2-1 to a last minute winner at Yorkshire Amateur.

With players unavailable, more injuries and returning players lacking match fitness things were clearly going to be tough.

Managers Duncan Bray and Nick Handley were forced to play Craig Rouse up front as a lone striker which inevitably put pressure on both him to hold up the ball and the Ponte midfield to pick up the second ball. It did not work and Colls were on the back foot from the outset.

Almost on the half hour Ponte’s defence cracked and the Ammers took the lead through Mark Hill.

At half-time Ponte reorganised and played with three players in a more forward position. That gave them the edge and on 58 mins Mark Whitehouse brought the scores level.

From then on the game could have gone either way although Ponte seemed to have the upper hand. But when they pressed for the winner they fell to a counter attack in the 90th minute when Joel Hughes gave the hosts the winner.

With a two week gap now until the next game Ponte are hoping they will see their injury list improve and key players will return.

The Pontefract management team have moved to further strengthen their attack by signing youngster Ollie Smith from Tadcaster Albion.

Smith originates from the York City Academy and played for Pickering Town before joining Tadcaster Albion.