Morpeth Town 1 Bedlington Terriers 2 Northern League, Division One
The Highway Men went into Saturday’s game against Bedlington at Craik Park on the back of a five-game unbeaten start to the league season.
But a lacklustre first half ultimately left Town with too much to do and they surrendered the points to a resolute Terriers.
Two uncharacteristic lapses in the home defence gifted the away side a 2-0 lead at half-time.
On 20 minutes, Jordan Nellis intercepted a loose pass and advanced unchallenged into the Morpeth penalty area before firing a shot across Kyle Dryden in the home goal to give Bedlington the lead.
Ten minutes later, Dylan Williamson doubled their advantage in similar fashion when he also capitalised on a mistake.
The Highway Men only started to prosper in the final minutes of the game when the Terriers’ defence started to tire.
With ten minutes remaining, Morpeth were awarded a penalty following a handball in the box.
Kevin Morton produced a fine diving save to push Michael Chilton’s spot-kick onto the post, but Sean Taylor was on hand to force the rebound home.
However, it was too little, too late for Town and Bedlington fully deserved their victory.
Morpeth team: Dryden, Henderson, Lancaster, Hall, Buchanan (Grant), Jewels, Taylor, Fry (Keenan), Anderson, Chilton, Bell (Waugh). Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Michael Hall.
The Highway Men will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Ashington, kick-off 3pm.
They are next in action at Craik Park on Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm). Crook Town will provide the opposition.