JON WORTHINGTON plays against Mansfield on Saturday knowing it will be his last match until Boxing Day!
The 20-year-old was shown a straight red card for violent conduct in the Cup defeat at Accrington and watched in disbelief as his appeal was thrown out by the FA.
It all means the in-form midfielder will serve a three-match ban and - because he is barred from Reserve football as well - won't be able to play after Saturday until Town visit Darlington on December 26.
That's a sickening blow compounded by the fact Town have a blank date on Cup second round day (December 6), but Worthington is adopting a philosophical approach to deal with the disappointment.
"To say I'm devastated about it is an understatement," said the Gomersal-based player who was top man against Hull.
"I think everyone has now seen the incident and most people can't quite believe it.
"I really am very disappointed about the appeal, but it's one of those things. I have to accept it and just get on with things."
At least he was happy to sign off at the McAlpine with a win, a fine performance and the praise of manager Peter Jackson ringing in his ears.
Worthington reflected: "I think we could all be pleased with our performances.
"There were a lot of young lads in the team, but everyone gave 110% and worked really hard. Defensively, I thought we were excellent and we have to keep that going at Mansfield and in the other games to come.
"It is hard to put your finger on why we've been so good at home and so bad away from home, because there is no difference in preparation for the games.
"Maybe it's become a sort of psychological thing, but whatever it is we have to tackle it if we are going to do anything this season."
Jackson added: "I thought Worthy was outstanding on Saturday in what was his best game for the club.
"The fact he will be out after this weekend until Boxing Day just adds to the injustice of the red card and the failed appeal. It's hard to believe and very disappointing."
Town's Reserve game at Preston scheduled for Monday has been postponed until Wednesday, February 11. The Reserves next play Walsall at home on December 10.