STAITHES Athletic, playing their penultimate league fixture at home this season, entertained Brotton and found the visitors stubborn to break down.
Staithes dominated the play with Craig Marsay strong in midfield.
By the interval, a Steve Starsmore goal separated the two sides.
Staithes continued to have the better of the game but Brotton managed to pull a goal back before Tom Foster and Dean Ward scored for the home side, to leave Brotton anchored at the foot of the league table.
Staithes Athletic 3 Brotton 1