Glasshoughton Welfare let a two-goal lead slip when they returned to action in the Baris NCE Premier Division with a 3-2 defeat at home to Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday night.
Thomas Woollard struck twice to give Welfare a first half lead, but Daz Young was sent off and Albion hit back to level before the break before finding a winner in the second half.
After not kicking a ball in anger for two weeks because of the icy weather Glasshoughton looked well set for a winning return against good footballing visitors only for some woeful defending to allow Tadcaster to snatch all the points.
Welfare’s keeper Jordon Robson was called into action within the first minute blocking magnificently from Terry Taylor and then bringing off a further two goal denying saves before the home defence had settled.
The hosts’ first sortie was with the aid of a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box which Russell Headley drove wide and although Tadcaster were playing
some neat football it was the home men who struck first blood, Robert Pell working well on the right flank to get in a low cross which was turned home by Woollard in the 18th minute.
Welfare’s obvious joy was somewhat stunted when Young received a straight red card for what appeared no more than a mistimed tackle, the match official appearing not to make any allowances for the greasy surface and the torrential rain apparent at the time.
Within five minutes Glasshoughton appeared to make light of the deficit as they went further ahead when from a free-kick Matty Howgate headed across goal and Woollard swivelled on the proverbial sixpence to shoot home from close range.
Despite what appeared a useful cushion Welfare were aware of the task ahead and the cause was not helped when keeper Robson mistimed his dive to a shot from Carl Stewart, allowing the ball to creep under him to put the visitors firmly back in the game.
Within minutes with the home defence found wanting a low cross gave an unmarked Stewart the easiest of tap-ins to make it all square at the interval.
From the restart Albion were knocking the ball about well and taking every advantage of the extra man. Welfare were relieved to see the visitors’ Steve Jeff miss an absolute sitter when being left spare at the far post, but it was then the visitors’ keeper who came to his side’s rescue when parrying a low drive from Woollard.
With both teams giving everything it was whether Welfare could hold out against the numerical disadvantage and in the 68th minute the question was cruelly answered as the visitors went ahead for the first time, a left side free-kick beating the wall and evading Robson’s despairing drive to creep inside the far post.
Shortly after in an attempt to retrieve the situation new signing Greig McGrory - who has joined from neighbours Pontefract Collieries - was introduced to replace defender Freddie Swales and after Welfare had survived a glaring miss when Albion’s Andrew McCormick struck the foot of the upright from only possibly a yard out, they gave it their all. However, there was no way past a resolute Tadcaster defence which held out to accept perhaps somewhat fortunately the full points.
Glasshoughton: Robson, Beaston, Maynard, James, Nodder, Swales (McGrory), Headley, Young, Pell, Woollard (Sterland), Howgate.
Welfare are at home again on Saturday when they entertain Barton Town Old Boys in another league game (kick-off 3pm) and they make the journey to Tadcaster Albion for a quick return fixture next Tuesday (7.45pm).