AFC EMLEY aim to bounce back at the expense of visitors Leeds Carnegie tomorrow after suffering a second successive Northern Counties East League First Division defeat.
Worsbrough Bridge did the damage with a 3-1 win at the Welfare Ground, Adam Podmore scoring twice against a home side missing key quartet Judd Colley, Max Joice, Josh Ingham and Steven Kenworthy.
Manager Darren Hepworth was also absent due to work commitments, so Micky Reid and Nicky Bramald took charge, reshuffling with Callum Westney at right-back, Anthony Leech in the centre of defence, Brad Dowling in midfield and Dean Wharam up front.
Emley, however, lacked fluidity and failed to provide decent delivery to the front men as they remained 17th.
Podmore put Bridge ahead with an eighth-minute header and the lead was doubled five minutes before the break when Liam McFadyen netted from the penalty spot after Anthony Leech was ruled to have fouled Podmore.
A 44th-minute reply from Teo Ringrose, who headed home from Marc Townsend’s cross, provided a pick-me-up for the Huddersfield side.
Mark Stuart volleyed over from 20 yards, Ringrose went close with a well-hit half-volley and ex-Liversedge man Wharam flashed a shot across the face of goal as Emley pushed for an equaliser.
But Podmore settled it 10 minutes from time when he latched onto keeper Richard Stainthorpe’s long punt to drive home an unstoppable shot.
There was further misery for Emley when keeper Mick Clarke was red carded for a second bookable offence, leaving Townsend to take over in goal for the fourth time this season.
Team: Clarke, Westney, Tayo, Dowling (Barnes), Leech, Hazelden, Townsend, Stuart, Wharam, Simpkins (Roberts), Ringrose.