A PENALTY save in the 15th minute proved costly for Hexham as their disappointing run continued.

They travelled to Red Row Welfare on Saturday and suffered a 2-0 defeat after conceding a goal in each half.

The Northern Alliance Division One encounter took place in breezy conditions, with both sides having to contend with a challenging crosswind.

Hexham started brightly, although both teams struggled to maintain their shape in the opening stages.

There were half chances at both ends, and on 15 minutes, Hexham’s Kurtis Harvey, back in his familiar striking role after deputising as goalkeeper the previous week, was floored in the penalty area.

The resulting spot kick was taken by the ever-reliable Peter McRoberts, a player who has played a part in many a Hexham goal this season.

But his effort was saved by the home keeper, and Hexham struggled to create another clear-cut chance for the remainder of the opening period.

Red Row led 1-0 at half time after a cross from the left was met with a fine header, which left visiting keeper Tom Craney with no chance. Until the goal, Craney had not been truly tested.

In the second half, both sides continued to attack but struggled to create clear goalscoring opportunities. Red Row doubled their advantage on 82 minutes courtesy of a breakaway goal.

Nevertheless, Hexham manager Martin Lowes was full of praise for his team.

“The lads were disappointed to concede on the break,” he said. “It just wasn’t our day and things didn’t really go in our favour.

“We’ve had a few disappointing results but I can’t fault our lads. Their effort and commitment is excellent and we just need to stick at it, and we’ll get back on track.”

Hexham will host local rivals Prudhoe in the quarter-finals of the Northumberland Minor Cup on Saturday.