After a wonderful week and a whirlwind 24 hours with Manager Ryan Hindley resigning, the Tigers were punished by a ruthless Pontefract Colleries side.
Craig Spink took charge of the team on a Caretaker basis and made six changes to the starting line-up, debutant Harry Wakefield came in with Alec Denton dropping to the bench, Michael Trench started at left back, Conor Higginson was out wide right with Jordan Hodder coming back into the team behind him at right back with Captain a Woolley moving back into centre midfield. Charlie Baird started upfront with Callum Fielding back in goal.
Charlie Baird was making himself a nusiance upfront and created some space for a vicious effort on the edge of the box after just a couple of minutes, his shot seemed destined for the corner before the keeper palmed away for a corner.
Pontefract opened the scoring after just four minutes responding to that early pressure quickly, Ponte’s wide man cut inside the box and his shot could only be parried by Fielding into the path of the poaching Eli Hey.
The second came just three minutes later after a quick counter attack, a deep cross from the left caused confusion in the box which left marauding right back Jack Greenhouf ample time to head into the corner from six yards out.
The visitors made it 3-0 on the 14th minute mark, the Tigers had nearly pulled one back at the other end following one of three goal-mouth scrambles on the day that didn’t end up in the net. Ponte broke quickly and a ball through to the impressive Vaughan Redford allowed the former Leeds man to volley into the corner from just inside the box.
The second half brought brighter signs for the home side, changing to a 4-3-3 to add energy in the midfield with the introduction of Matty Templeton from the bench. Despite not creating an awful lot the Tigers looked a lot more comfortable and were unlucky to concede a late penalty.
Eli Hey tucked it away from the spot for his second of the afternoon in the dying moments, Ponte have now beat us 5-1, 3-0 and 4-0 this season and we’ll be glad to not meet them again!
TIGERS XI: Fielding, Hodder, Hill, Liversidge, Trench, Woolley (C), Husbands, Higginson (Templeton), Bishop, Baird (Denton), Wakefield (Burbeary)
TIGERS MOM: Lee Hill
Back at Centre Half big ‘Hilly’ was fantastic on the day, heading and intercepting everything and leading by example.
GOALS: Hey (4, 93), Greenhouf (7), Redford (14)
By Jake Brown.