Kimberley Miners Welfare collapsed to a 3-2 defeat at Borrowash Victoria on Tuesday night - despite leading 2-0 at half-time.
A depleted Kimberley side dominated proceedings in the first-half but yet again failed to convert enough chances into goals, a dreadful second-half display then seeing them drop the three points it looked like they’d earned.
Having seen their match at home to Gedling MW called off on Saturday, Welfare nearly had another clear date as this game only went ahead following much deliberation between the match officials.
Kimberley came out in the first-half with a purpose and took the game to their hosts, Paddy Brannigan’s effort going just over in the opening minutes.
The breakthrough came on six minutes when Elliot King’s dazzling run saw him eventually brought down in the box. Leading scorer Anthony Gregory stepped up and smashed Welfare ahead.
It was soon the be 2-0 as Brannigan’s effort was well saved but Lee Stevenson smashed home against his former club on nine minutes.
It could of been three just moments later but this time Stevenson fired just over the bar.
Harry Daykin in the Welfare goal spent the first-half as a spectator as the pace of Brannigan and Cashel Walters out wide for Kimberley left Vics pinned in their own half, and a superb ball delivered from Walters saw King smash his header against the post.
Walters also had a good chance but his effort was well saved by the home team keeper.
Just before the break King headed over the bar from close range, and despite a dominant half Kimberley’s inability to turn chances into goals was too cost them.
A double substitution at half time from the home team brought them to life.
They pulled one back five minutes into the second-half. Kimberley gave away a soft free kick on the edge of the box and Ibris Kabongo was left on his own in the six yard box as the ball hit his back and went in.
A combination of Welfare being poor and Vics coming out stronger would prove fatal for the visitors who were shell-shocked when the equaliser came just after the hour mark.
David Moon found time and space in the box and Daykin will be disappointed not to have saved the effort.
From this point there seemed to be only one winner and it came on 78 minutes.
Again poor defending allowed Vics time in the box and Arash Abdollahi was able to smash past Daykin.
It had been coming, with Welfare camped in their own half for periods of the second-half and unable to get the ball to stick in the final third.
Even so, Kimberley had a chance in stoppage time to gain a point but Gregory’s header from a corner went just wide.
Kimberley boss Paul Rawden will see the last two games as six points dropped, leading both at half time and well on top of the game.
It could be six vital points when it comes to FA Cup qualification next season.
On Saturday, Kimberley welcome Holwell Sports to The Stag Ground for the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Kick-off is 3pm.