Whaley Bridge suffered only their second league defeat of the season on Saturday after they lost 3-2 at Pilkington.
James Gemmell’s first goal for the club and a close range finish from Ray Dwolitka were not enough to earn anything from the game as Whaley conceded three goals in a game for the first time in over a year.
Whaley’s hard work was undone after 20 minutes when they failed to react to a quickly taken corner and Kane Gerald headed in his first of an eventual hat-trick, unmarked.
Gemell’s levelled shortly after with a superbly taken free-kick.
But Parity was short-lived as Gerald added his second after Whaley failed to clear a corner.
As the first half drew to a close Mark Baker’s second yellow card provided Whaley with a golden opportunity to get back into the game.
Dwolitka atoned for his error shortly afterwards when he followed up to tap-in after Christie saw his effort come back off the post.
With the scores level and a one man advantage the visitor’s looked to force home the initiative but Dan Whelan’s trip on Lloyd Dean meant the player’s dismissal and the opportunity for Gerald to complete his hat-trick from the spot, which he took.
Whaley then wasted good chances to get back into the match as they slipped to defeat.
TEAM: Tattersall, Gemmell, R Newton, Whelan, Prophet, Brown (Sircar), M Newton (Streets), Broome, Melville (Naden), Christie, Dwolitka