Bedlington Terriers suffered their second defeat in a week after a 4-1 loss to relegation-threatened Sunderland RCA at Meadow Park.
Despite taking the lead in the 8th minute through Stephen Young, the Terriers were level at half-time after Colin Larkin made no mistake with his penalty.
Manager Gary Innes said: “The goal we scored and the effort we put in, especially Paul Watson’s performance, he was fantastic.”
Sunderland took the lead in the 65th minute when James Armstrong squeeze his shot past Daniel Staples and didn’t look back thereafter.
Despite Bedlington’s positivity to get back into the game, RCA striker Stephen Bogie scored a brace within three-minutes in the final 10 minutes which killed any hope of a comeback.
Innes added: “[I am] very disappointed, we were the better team for 65 minutes, then we lost our shape and discipline, we lacked quality in the final third.”
Conceding eight goals in two games against sides in and around themselves wasn’t what Innes was hoping for, however, they will “work hard in training” ahead of the next game.
The defeat sees Bedlington slip down one place to 15th, and they now face a tough game at home to West Auckland Town hoping they can bounce back with a win against a side pushing for the Northern League title.