Whitby Town manager Darren Williams feels his side were unlucky to lose their FA Trophy clash at Blyth Spartans on Saturday.
A mistimed second-half strike from Damen Mullen proved enough to see Spartans achieve a third win of the season over the Blues, dumping them out of the Trophy at the second round stage in the process.
The defender cut in neatly from the right touchline before squeezing a low shot between Shane Bland and his left-hand post, just before the hour mark.
Up until then, Town looked a decent bet to drag the Evo-Stik League table toppers back to the Turnbull in midweek for a fourth clash between the old rivals.
Boss Williams told the Whitby Gazette that even his opposite number thought Whitby were unlucky.
“It was a very tight game and both myself and Tom Wade felt a draw was probably a fair result,” he said.
“The Northumberland side won at Whitby, in another tight encounter, this time in the league, less than a month ago.
“We thought we knew each other too well and counteracted each other,” Williams added.
“It was a soft goal to concede and a bit lucky as he didn’t connect right with it.”
Full match report in Friday’s Gazette.