Coates Ath 2 Pinchbeck Utd 0: Pinchbeck United certainly seem intent on ploughing a tricky furrow to the Peterborough and District League Premier Division crown.
Player/manager Ian Dunn insists they got their just rewards on Saturday for a below-par performance – and slipped off the top of the table after just three days there.
And the boss was none too pleased to see fellow striker Tom Gosling sent off shortly after Coates had established a 2-0 lead on the half hour.
Gosling got a straight red card for "swinging an elbow" and his second dismissal of the season is likely to lead to a lengthy ban.
Dunn said: "He does come in for some stick, but I can't defend the lad on this one. There’s no excuse for what he did.
"Even with ten men, we seemed a different side after the break. I think with 11 we would have got at least a draw."
On a pretty dismal day, Dunn at least had some praise for his back four and Lee Marshall in particular, who he said has been a revelation at centre-back this season.
There was a strong suspicion of a foul on Marshall for Coates' headed second. But it came from a free kick which should not have been conceded in such a dangerous area.
Pinchbeck also had a headed own goal ruled out for offside within three minutes.
• Pinchbeck could still be on for a treble.
They will hear on Thursday if they are reinstated into the Lincs Cup – in the final.
Market Rasen have been given seven days to appeal being thrown out for fielding a suspended player in the semi-final win over Dunn’s men.