Alnwick Town slipped to a 0-2 home defeat when they faced Crook Town in a re-arranged game at St James’ Park on Tuesday.
An added set-back was the sending off of debutant Ian Lee, who saw red whilst heading to the changing rooms at half-time.
Already 0-1 down at the break, Alnwick had to play the whole of the second half with only ten men, and Crook added a second goal to take the victory and all three points.
Crook took the lead in the first half with a goal through Daniel Pigg.
Lee’s dismissal for an incident as he left the pitch at half-time unsettled the home side, and this enabled the visitors to take advantage in the second 45 with Christian Holliday mnetting a second for the County Durham outfit.
Late in the game Crook, who had won 2-3 away to Whickham on Saturday, also hit the post as Alnwick endured a night to forget.
The defeat leaves Alnwick in 14th place in the Northern Leagie Division 2 with 32 points from their 32 games played. Crook, meanwhile, courtesy of two away wins in a week, have moved up to 18th place with 26 points from their 32 games.
On Saturday Alnwick are due to travel to take on Easington Colliery in the league.
Neighbours Morpeth, who beat West Auckland 4-1 at home on Saturday, currently sit fourth in Division 1, with 67 points. They are 21 points adrift of leaders North Shields, who they play this weekend.
Alnwick: Glasper, Douglas, Lowes, Graham, Straughan, Wilson, Henderson, Brown, Hay, Lee, Powell. Subs - Simpson, Dundas, Jackson, Riddell, Hornsby.