Frustrated Alnwick Town manager Paul Yeadon said it was disheartening after his side twice threw away the lead before losing 3-2 to 10-man Tow Law Town.
Things seemed to turn inAlnwick’s favour when Tow Law defender Ali Wilson was sent off in the second half and midfielder Tony Brown converted the resulting penalty to put the St James’ Park outfit 2-1 up.
But the visitors fought back, grabbing an equaliser soon after, before scoring a last-gasp winner in Saturday’s Northern League, Division Two clash.
Yeadon conceded that a good chance to take three points was wasted.
And he believes Wilson’s dismissal changed the game – having a negative impact on Alnwick.
“To take the lead twice in any game and get nothing from it – especially when they grab an 88th-minute winner – is a bit disheartening,” he said.
“The sending-off changed the game for the worst for us.
“We had the momentum when it was 11 v 11, but when they went down to 10 men they upped the tempo and work rate and we struggled.”
That late winner inflicted a third straight league defeat on Alnwick, who are 14th in the table after Saturday’s loss.
Things had started well for the hosts too.
A powerful header from Bryan Murray early on had given the Northumbrians a 1-0 lead.
Tow Law levelled the score before half-time thanks to an overhead kick from Steven Turnbull.
Alnwick got themselves back in front in the second half when Brown netted from the spot.
Despite Tow Law losing Ali Wilson, a double from Daniel Wilson turned the game on its head, first making it 2-2 and then clinching all three points for his side at the death.
The visitors had hit the post with the score 2-2.
Brown almost rescued a point for Alnwick late on, but his effort cracked against the bar.
Alnwick will try to stop the rot on Saturday when they take on Chester-le-Street away before travelling to West Allotment Celtic on Wednesday for the first round of the Northumberland Senior Cup.
Teams such as Newcastle United Reserves FC and Whitley Bay await in the quarter-finals and Yeadon hinted at possible changes for the cup clash.
He said: “Anyone would like to progress in the Senior Cup because of the calibre of teams waiting in the next round.
“It might be an opportunity to give the youngsters a chance, but I will look at that over the next week.”
Alnwick (v Tow Law): D Mullen, B Murray, T Macpherson, D Lowes, P Murray, K Hogg, T Brown, A Makin, S Hogg, J Jackson, C Kidd. Subs: D Hills, K Elliott, B Brooks, A Jobson. Match sponsor: Kitson Windows.