WHITBY TOWN 2MORPETH TOWN 1The Highwaymen tasted defeat for the first time this season when they went down 2-1 at Whitby Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
Luke Bythway put the hosts ahead before Liam Henderson levelled on the stroke of half time. Jack Foalle was harshly sent off before Brad Fewster converted a penalty.
Morpeth were slow to start on a scorching afternoon on the North Yorkshire coast and Whitby had several half chances before they opened the scoring through Blythway, who had time to volley the ball into the turf and over the despairing dive of Dan Lowson.
The Highwaymen finally upped their intensity and after a header was cleared off the line, against the run of play, Morpeth drew level through the prolific Henderson, who beat Shane Bland at the near post.
The second half started with the Highwaymen on the front foot and it was they who saw more of the ball and created several chances of their own, but without any success. Whitby continued to threaten with a header at the back post.
But the turning point of the game occurred on 71 minutes when Foalle was shown a straight red card by the referee for catching Jaseem Shukar. A clearance was hit to halfway and Foalle caught the defender high with a boot.
With 12 minutes remaining, the home side scored the winning goal with Fewster converting from the sport. Joe Walton tangled with Wearmouth in the area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Morpeth continued to press and Tom Potter saw a header deflected wide of the post with Bland looking on helpless.
Despite five minutes of added time, the Highwaymen were unable to conjure an equaliser that their second half deserved.
On Saturday Morpeth drew 2-2 away with Brighouse Town in the FA Cup Preliminary Round and now the teams must meet again in a replay.
In a close game, Liam Henderson and Jack Foalle had put the Highwaymen ahead before Reece Kendall and Carl Stewart restored parity for the home side.