Harrogate Railway’s recent run of good form came to an end as they were convincingly beaten 3-1 at home by Prescot Cables.
Manager Billy Miller was absent from the dugout, and will demand to know why his side failed to trouble lowly Prescot.
The visitors went ahead after 37 minutes, but had captain James McCullough sent off on the stroke of half-time after he appeared to kick ‘Rail ‘keeper Sam Dobbs.
Railway did not take advantage of the sending-off, however, as Prescot were able to double their lead three minutes into the second half.
Lacklustre defending led to Prescot’s third, but on-loan Harrogate Town man Liam Hardy was able to grab a late consolation for the Station Park side.
The frustrating defeat comes on the back of a 1-1 draw at Salford City, and last weekend’s heroic 1-0 victory over Trafford.
17th-placed Railway host league leaders Skelmersdale on Tuesday night (7.45pm).