Dronfield slump to heaviest loss of the season to league leaders

Dronfield Town v Pontefract Collieries.      'Connor Brunt.

Dronfield Town v Pontefract Collieries. 'Connor Brunt.

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Dronfield Town suffered a second home defeat in the space of a few days when Pontefract Collieries visited Stonelow in an incident-filled match on Saturday.

Town gave away three penalties, suffered injuries to Richard Henson and Ash Gray that forced them out of the action and Ash Morley was given his marching orders.

A difficult task quickly became mission impossible in the early stages of the second that saw Dronfield finish the game with just nine men against the league leaders.

Aaron Moxam and Mark Whitehouse put the away side in to a two-goal lead at the break before the former completed his hat-trick minutes in to the second half.

The hosts threw caution to the wind in an attempt to claw their way back in to the game, only for Craig Rouse to grab a hat-trick of his own on 81, 83 and 85 minutes.

Moxam, not to be outdone, sealed a crushing defeat for Dronfield with his fourth and table topping Pontefract’s eighth on the stroke of 90.

The 8-0 loss saw Dronfield slip in to the NCEL Division One bottom two with Lincoln Moorlands Railway grabbing a vital point away at Grimsby Borough in a 1-1 draw.

Dronfield’s worst defeat of the season followed a 3-0 loss to Bottesford Town. Dronfield travel to Rossington Main on Saturday (February 28) in search of their first win in almost a month.

While the reserves overcame Graham St Prims 3-0 thanks to Jack Lambert (2) and Tom Gladwin goals.