Bedlington Terriers suffered their second defeat in a week on Saturday with a 4-1 reverse to relegation-threatened Sunderland RCA at Meadow Park.
Despite taking the lead in the eighth minute through Stephen Young, the Terriers had been pegged back by half-time after Colin Larkin made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Terriers 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 squeezed his shot past Daniel Staples, and they did not 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 ten 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 was not what Innes was hoping for, however, he said they will “work hard in training” ahead of the next game.
Terriers had been beaten 4-0 by Newton Aycliffe at Welfare Park on the Wednesday evening.
The defeat sees Bedlington slip down one place to 15th, and they now face a tough game at home to West Auckland Town on Saturday hoping they can bounce back with a win against a side pushing for the Northern League title.