Frickley Athletic suffered their third successive defeat in an eventful game at home to Salford City that saw three dismissals and numerous bookings, but only one goal.
With Simon Lenighan out injured manager Karl Rose moved Macaulay Parkinson into midfield with Luke Jeffs moving to right-back and Lee Stratford in at left-back.
Luke Hinsley had the first sight of goal in the second minute, but his 25-yard shot lacked conviction and Jay Lynch saved comfortably.
Within five minutes Lewis Hardcastle tried his luck from 20 yards for Salford, but Sebastian Malkowski dived to his left to save the shot.
Hinsley was denied again on 17 minutes when Jeffs’ cross was headed away by Chris Lynch only for the ball to fall perfectly for Hinsley to hit it first time on the volley, but Steve Howson managed to block the goalbound shot.
Salford took the lead on 31 minutes, breaking quickly following a Blues’ free-kick. James Poole swept the ball out wide to Jordan Hulme on the left and he took the ball on into the box, turning Parkinson inside out, before firing an angled shot past Malkowski.
The visitors went close again two minutes later as Poole saw his 15-yard chip just clear the crossbar.
Just before half-time the Blues’ assistant manager James Dudgeon was involved in an altercation with members of Salford’s technical area and was sent to the stand.
Brad Dockerty replaced Royale Johnson for the second half, but it was Salford who almost scored again four minutes after the break. A good ball from Luke Clark saw Richard Allen get goal side of John Cyrus inside the box. Jameel Ible blocked his shot, although the loose ball fell to Hulme who turned and shot just wide from 15 yards.
Malkowski brilliantly blocked a close range shot from Poole on the line a minute later before Zeph Thomas sent Dockerty away but, after side stepping a defender, he fired wide from just inside the box.
Salford’s Tunji Moses was dismissed on 58 minutes following a stamp on Thomas, but the Blues were still unable to force much in the way of pressure on the Salford goal. In fact Poole waltzed through the Frickley defence two minutes later and Malkowski had to get down smartly to push his shot away.
Clark became the second Salford player to be sent off on 74 minutes when he received a second yellow card following a foul on Parkinson and the Blues responded by introducing Chris Wood up front with Stratford making way for him.
As time started to run out Cyrus joined the attack, but all the Blues could muster was a 25-yard shot from Hinsley that zipped wide.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Jeffs, Stratford (Wood 75), Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Johnson (Dockerty 45), Parkinson, Hazel, Thomas, Williams.