BLYTH Rangers Deportivo went down to local rivals Cramlington Town at a windy Backworth Miners Welfare ground.
Cramlington started the game with the wind at their backs and adapted better than their hosts.
The first chance went to Cramlington after just three minutes when home keeper Alex Cockburn fouled an on-rushing Town player just outside of the box, but Rangers managed to block the resulting free kick.
Keelin Devlin and Tom Fulthorpe combined to give Rangers their first chance but David Dunworth was unlucky to see his shot flash just past the post.
Jack Bell then stung the keeper’s hands with a shot which was pushed away.
The only goal of the game came in the tenth minute when the wind created havoc with a long clearance out of the Town defence and ball bounced through to the away centre forward who clipped a delicate chip past the despairing dive of Alex Cockburn and into the corner of the net.
It was nearly 25 minutes later when Town hit the post and Kristian Sands made a superb goal line block from the follow up shot.
Rangers usually play better in the second half and pressed immediately for the equaliser.
Playmaker Jack Thompson fed the ball to Callum Robinson who in turn played a neat ball into Dunworth but the keeper was able to save his shot.
Whilst Rangers had the majority of the play in the second period there were very few clear cut chances created and Cramlington packed the centre of the park leaving one man up front.
This made it difficult for Shane Clough and Jordan Hall to control play, so Rangers pushed man of the match Kristian Sands up front and reverted to a back three of Dan Edmons, Craig Richards and Charlie Allison in an effort to grab an equaliser.
Charlie Allison and Jamie Worton both tried long range shots which were blocked as Rangers pressed.