WITH no points from their first two games, Norristhorpe arrived at Carr Green School ground hoping to get their season off the ground.
Meanwhile, hosts Rastrick were aiming to maintain their position among the Division III leaders by extending their unbeaten start.
In the end, Rastrick took the three points but they were made to work right until the final whistle by a determined Norristhorpe.
Norristhorpe started out the brighter and, although the home defence of Joe Vickers, Gavinder Kooner, Liam Bushby and Alex Rushworth looked well in control their failure to adequately clear a corner gave Jordan Carter enough room to fire a shot into the top corner, but the effort was ruled offside.
Rastrick were reeling under the pressure but hard working midfielder Navpreet Cheema rallied his side who managed to stem the Norristhorpe tide and, although it came against the run of play, Rastrick took the lead when Lewis Mellor fired a 20-yard free kick into the top corner.
Up until now the game had been full of exciting, flowing football but, unfortunately, the rest of the match failed to live up to that promise.
Carter headed wide on 30 minutes as Norristhorpe struggled to carve out any clear chances and Rastrick keeper Jacob Wadsworth did well to block another Carter attempt minutes later but, with both sides unable to string passes together, there was very little goalmouth action until the last 10 minutes of the game.
Wasim Javed went near to adding to the goal with a string of chances but both the woodwork and the Norristhorpe keeper left the Rastrick striker frustrated.
The best chance of the game fell to Cheema who seemed to have weighted his chip over the keeper to perfection, but the ball rolled just the wrong side of a post.
Norristhorpe defenders James Procter, Zac Rigg, Joseph Walker and Matthew Kettlewell were outstanding in the closing minutes as the Mirfield side tried hard to get something from the game, and they almost grabbed their first point but Walker’s shot was turned round a post by the Rastrick keeper.
If games were decided on hard work and determination, Norristhorpe would be a lot better placed than they are now, but they need to find a way of breaking down defences if they are to move out of the bottom three.