Alnwick Town boss Paul Yeadon admitted he was ‘gutted’ after seeing his side throw away a three-goal lead to lose 4-3 against Seaham Red Star on Saturday.
The league strugglers looked set to record their first win since the start of September as they went 3-0 up after 32 minutes.
But their promotion-pushing opponents had the last say with a stunning fight-back, which was completed by an 80th-minute match winner.
It was a bitter blow for Alnwick, who are bottom of Northern League Division Two.
Yeadon said: “For me personally, it was gutting and the lads were devastated.
“The lads had the game in their hands after an excellent first half, so to lose 4-3 was just gutting.”
It could have, and should have been a different story, with Alnwick finding themselves in a dream position just after the half-hour in the league encounter.
Daniel Thompson, Tony Brown and Mark Nixon were on target to put Alnwick 3-0 up.
First, Thompson outpaced his marker before clipping the ball over the keeper to break the deadlock after 18 minutes.
Alnwick’s second came in the 31st minute, when Brown drilled in from the edge of the area, before Nixon’s low shot just a minute later made it 3-0.
Game over. Not quite.
Red Star found their way back into the contest in the 35th minute, when Channon North scored from close range.
The visitors nearly netted again before the break, but for a fine save from Alnwick keeper Brian Brooks, who then saved well early in the second half.
Wyn Fremlin went close for Alnwick shortly after but his shot went narrowly wide.
The match was then turned on its head, with Red Star’s Daniel Olusoga scoring twice in five minutes – grabbing his side’s second on the hour before levelling the scores in the 65th minute.
Red Star weren’t finished there. In the 80th minute Alan Pegram’s effort went in off the post to cap a memorable fight-back for his side, who sit sixth in Division Two.
As for Alnwick, they were left wondering what might have been.
But they’ll have to pick themselves up quickly.
On Saturday they travel to Stokesley Sports Club, who are one place above Alnwick.
Despite losing to Crook Town last weekend, Stokesley are six points clear of basement side Alnwick.
Alnwick Town (v Seaham Red Star): Brooks, Makin, Catlow, Elliott, McPherson, Lowes, Nixon (Tate), Brown, Fremlin, Thompson, Lowes (Jackson). Subs: Hall, Hutchins, Kidd. Ball and match sponsor: John Mac Driving School.