Kimberley Miners Welfare’s unbeaten home record came to an abrupt end on Saturday as they went down 2-0 to league leaders St Andrews.
Welfare where without leading scorer Anthony Gregory who was suspended.
On a heavy Stag Ground pitch both teams struggled early on to adapt to the conditions, however, the first real chance fell to Welfare.
Elliot King beat three defenders, but his effort was saved by the visiting keeper.
The next effort also fell to King, who rattled the Andrews crossbar.
Jermaine Gordon was again proving to be a handful upfront for Kimberley and he would of been disappointed with his effort as the home side pushed for the opening goal.
St Andrews began to take control of possession, but rarely troubled Dell in the Welfare goal thanks to some solid defending as it ended all square at the break.
The second half was very much the same as the first with St Andrews having the possession, but Kimberley having the chances.
The Miners had a good penalty shout turned down as Gordon was brought down in the box, but it was not given by the official.
St Andrews took the lead on the hour mark after a defensive slip allowed Doughty to slot past a helpless Dell.
It was soon 2-0 as Kimberley failed to clear their lines and the same player shot through a crowded box leaving Dell again with little he could do.
Kimberley kept plugging away however it was not be to be their day as the league leaders left with all three points.
This Saturday Kimberley welcome Holbrook Sports to The Stag Ground in their final home game before Christmas, 3.00pm kick off.