POOL snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they were beaten 3-2 at Wetherby Athletic in West Yorkshire League Division One.

The visitors laid early siege on the Wetherby goal with the home team putting nine men behind the ball and showing little appetite to get forward.

Pool were rewarded when Jamie Algar broke into the penalty area before being dragged down by a Wetherby defender who then pushed Algar to the ground again. He was shown a red card, as was a Pool forward who went to defend the player on the ground.

Valdo Carlos Costa stepped up to convert the spot-kick to give Pool a deserved lead.

On the stroke of half-time, Algar made another run into the box before firing home a powerful, low shot past the home keeper.

Pool looked comfortable in the second half until goalkeeper Andy Doey attempted to do the defence's job from the touchline, leaving his goal unguarded for the Wetherby striker who took advantage to pull a goal back.

The same player was on hand to get onto the end of a free-kick to head home from close range for the equaliser.

Pool didn't deserve to lose the match but a once-a-season strike into the top corner from Wetherby ensured that they did.

The visitors did everything except score in the final minutes, but will be ruing three lost points against their bottom-of-the-table opposition.

Pool Reserves failed to follow up their previous convincing win, losing 4-1 at home to Altofts Reserves in West Yorkshire League Alliance Division Two. Rhys Gillard netted their consolation goal.