Percy Park were rewarded for the effort they put into clearing their pitch, easing to a 20-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Ilkley.
The visiting pack were under pressure throughout but managed to fight a rearguard action and keep Park out until just before half-time. But then Ilkley picked up two yellow cards and the 13 men could hold out no longer.
Park ran in tries either side of the break to take a 12-0 lead but Ilkley were still in the game and the result might have turned out very differently but twice they created excellent attacking positions only to be stopped on the line.
Percy Park continued to dominate up front and made sure of the victory with a further try and penalty.
Pontefract were left to wonder if their efforts to get their pitch playable had been worthwhile after third-placed Hartlepool Rovers ran four tries past them for the second time this season to win 24-0.
Hartlepool's bigger pack took advantage of the muddy conditions and were able to stamp their authority on the match for most of the 80 minutes.
Pontefract performed well in the first half and were slightly unfortunate to go in at the break trailing 7-0 but the second half was a much more one-sided affair.
Hartlepool ran in three more tries to move within six points of leaders Sandal.