Hemsworth MW’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end when a late goal condemned them to defeat away to likely title challengers Pickering Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League.
Wayne Benn’s men went into the game off the back of five straight wins and seven matches without defeat, but were up against opponents who had not yet been beaten in the league.
Only one team had managed to avoid defeat against Pickering previously and Wells looked like being the second until an 86th minute goal by Russell Parker gave the home team a narrow 1-0 win.
It was tough on Hemsworth, who had defended well, especially as they were without key back four man Luke Danville for much of the contest after he was controversially sent-off in the 26th minute.
Manager Benn was pleased with the effort put in by his players.
He said: “Pickering will be there or thereabouts, but for long spells and with 10 men for so long my boys made them look ordinary. We will take the positives, of which there were many.
“We have ultimately paid for not taking our chances. We had three fantastic opportunities that have to be goals and despite having 10 men for 70 minutes we created the better chances.
“My keeper hasn’t had a shot to save in the second half, but one lapse in concentration has cost us. That’s what happens against good sides – you have to concentrate for 95 minutes. I feel so sorry for my players, but also very proud.”
Hemsworth are in FA Vase action this Saturday when they host Liversedge (3pm).