Colin Stromsoy has admitted Team Northumbria aren’t getting the rub of the green after title challengers Stockton bagged a 2-1 win on Teesside.
The Northern League second division clash saw TN dominate the first half and keep their 1-0 lead for 80 minutes - until two goals in three minutes from the hosts saw the win snatched away.
“It took 85 minutes to concede and we can’t get away from the fact it was a mistake,” said Stromsoy.
“If we don’t gift them the first then they don’t get the second.
“In the first half we were totally dominant but in the second half they were on top.
“They were very direct second half and we just didn’t keep the ball which was our biggest problem.
“Then when we had the opportunity to counter attack against them we were poor in that sense. We allowed them to play direct.
“On the balance of play it was probably the right result, Unfortunately things just are not going for us. It’s a fact. It’s not us feeling sorry for ourselves.”
Stromsoy was quick to praise the resolve of his players despite the difficult loss.
“The character and the way the lads behaved was exemplary, first class,” he added.
“They stood up to be counted every single one of them. None of them went hiding. I’m massively proud of them.
“Dan Taggart scored a great goal and Liam McNamara deserves an absolute special mention. He’s not well at all yet he managed to play 90 minutes.
“It’s a tough result. We’ve been so resilient in recent weeks and you think something like this can’t happen but it does - even with all my experience a loss like this does knock it out of you.”
Team Northumbria are away to mid-table Alnwick Town this Saturday.