Three second half goals saw Cables slump to defeat at Pontefract Collieries in a match where everything seemed to be against The Pesky Bulls.
Poor weather, bad traffic on the M62 and injuries meant that an already depleted squad were forced to start the game with just nine players. Youngster Matthew Schoullar, having been promoted from the Reserve Team, made his First Team debut at the heart of defence alongside James Cooper and Josh Gregory and did not look out of place.
Despite the home side’s numerical advantage for the first few minutes, Cables looked the more likely team to score in the first half. Martyn Jackson had an excellent opportunity to score but saw his header narrowly loop over the bar. Josh Klein-Davies also hit a volley over the bar from Reece McNally’s good cross.
The home side, having created few opportunities of note and going into half time at nil-nil, were probably the more satisfied of the two sides at that stage.
The second half saw Cables create another great opportunity to take the lead but once again Jackson saw his header go over the bar from a good position.
The failure to take their chances came back to bite Cables when Joe Lumsden gave Pontefract the lead on 55 minutes, beating Valter Fernandes and firing low beneath Ollie Taylor.
One nil became two nil just 6 minutes later when Connor Smythe scored in an almost identical style to the first goal, cutting inside Fernandes to finish at the back post.
Cables’ night then went from bad to worse when Aaron Turner was controversially shown a straight red card in the 66th minute. Although Turner was late to the ball, there was no malice in the tackle nor did it endanger the opponent, yet in a game where no other cards were shown to either side, the referee was quick to send the Cables midfielder for an early shower.
Smythe then got his second goal of the game with an excellent effort from the edge of the area which somehow found its way through a crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner of Taylor’s net to make it three nil.
Substitute Daniel Atkins was then denied what looked a clear penalty in the final few minutes to round off a miserable evening for Cables.
Cables XI: Taylor, Fernandes, Cooper, Schoullar (Atkins 69), Gregory, McNally, Turner, Jackson, Hamilton, Dean, Klein-Davies.
MOTM: Schoullar – on an evening of very few positives, the younger defender looked commanding and composed on the ball.