Retford United’s unbeaten run was snapped by Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday night, despite a confident Badgers side taking to the field.
The 2-1 defeat at the Jones and Co Stadium was Retford’s first loss in six outings, and came on the back of a fantastic 6-0 win at Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday.
Rob Sanderson had an early chance for the hosts, but put the ball over the bar from Bobby Johnson’s corner.
Andrew Seed went close for Welfare, heading over, then Reece Thompson had the ball in the net for Retford, but the flag was up for offside.
Just before the half hour mark Glasshoughton took the lead, Reece Chappell looping the ball over James Hitchcock into the Retford net.
Liam Kellett tried to make it 2-0, but his dipping shot cleared the crossbar.
Retford forged two good chances, Jake Stannard setting up Sanderson who was just off target, and Thompson feeding Sam Jones who was denied by the keeper.
Gav Cooper’s night was ended early with the reoccurance of his shoulder injury, Liam Slack taking his place.
The second half saw Retford with a lot more of the ball, a first minute corner was headed into the arms of the keeper by Sanderson, then on 56 minutes Retford were level.
A foul on Ben Muirhead on the edge of the box led to a free-kick which was sent in by Johnson for Jones to connect and side foot into the net.
Slack was almost clear, but a good challenge stopped him getting into the box.
A chance for Johnson went inches wide of the post and a penalty shout as Muirhead was tripped in the box was turned down.
Retford just couldn’t find the breakthrough and a golden opportunity came and went as Thompson crossed into the box with two Retford players both unable to connect.
The missed chances would prove costly as Glasshoughton found a winner on 85 minutes, Seed with the vital goal to give his side the points and leave Retford wondering how they lost the game.
United are back in action on Saturday with a home game against Winterton Rangers.