AFC EMLEY, in 13th position, missed out on the chance to move up the Northern Counties East League Division I table when they went down 2-0 at second from bottom club Yorkshire Amateurs.
Emley were reduced to 10 men after only nine minutes but competed courageously at Bracken Edge.
A free-kick from the right on nine minutes was not properly cleared and the resulting shot was handled on the line by defender Nathan Hazelden.
Having stopped a clear goal-bound shot the referee had no option but to dismiss the Emley centre-back.
Ashley Beck scored the penalty and from then on in the first half Emley battled on, but on a very heavy and extremely uneven surface, their good build-up play was let down in the final third when not one shot on target was recorded.
Emley goalkeeper Jamie Green, however, made a tremendous double save on 38 minutes to deny the home team a second goal.
The start of the second half was again all Emley but, with no end result, they suffered a sucker punch.
A long ball down the left was crossed and headed out of defence straight into the path of Richard Britten whose first time shot beat Green to his right.
Amateurs had at least two other great chances to increase their lead but woeful finishing in front of goal kept Emley interested right up to the final whistle.
But as in the first half the only thing missing was a decent shot.
The only real efforts of note in the second half came from an Allan Laud attempt and a Paul Quinn free-kick.
AFC Emley have a packed week of action coming up with three home games at the Welfare Ground.
On Saturday Emley host Gedling Town (3.00) then on Wednesday, January 24, they play Winterton Rangers (7.45) followed by South Normanton on Saturday, January 27, (3.00).