A PUNISHING run of matches caught up with FC United on Thursday night as they squandered a half-time lead to lose 3-1 at Ossett Albion.
The Rebels broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when midfielder Simon Cardon poked the ball in from six yards out after Ossett had failed to clear a Chris Baguley corner but the hosts turned the match around with two goals from David Sears and one from Shaun Kelsey in the second half.
This was the Rebels' sixth match in 12 days and Karl Marginson's side now have to face five league fixtures in ten days starting with a visit to Wakefield on Saturday.
The Rebels, however, remain in the play-off places and are still only eight points off leaders Skelmersdale with three games in hand.
United had the first chance on goal when on 15 minutes Stuart Rudd headed Liam Foster's superb right-wing cross just wide of the post, but Ossett quickly got back into the game.
They eventually pegged United back with an excellent curling shot from Sears on 51 minutes and secured all three points in stoppage time when Kelsey poked the ball past Sam Ashton in the United goal.