Jamie Ellison scored a stoppage time penalty but the Seagulls’ unbeaten run in the Skrill North came to an end as they lost 2-1 to Worcester City at Kidderminster’s Aggborough on Saturday.
The Seagulls had the better of the first half and home keeper Jose Viega denied them the lead with a fine save to divert Jonathan Royle’s 18-yard free kick round the post right on half-time.
That was an excellent save as he must have seen the ball late as it came through the defensive wall.
Earlier Rob Hopley had a chip over the keeper cleared off the line, the keeper saved well from Jamie Ellison and the Bay had a strong shout for a penlty for a trip on Gaz Evans turned down.
The Bay, however, had had their scares at the other end, with Chris Sanna diving full length to turn a George Williams shot round the post, and the Bay keeper then produced a fantastic leaping save to claw an Aaron Williams header from under the bar, with Tom Smyth blocking the follow up effort from Daniel Nti on the line.
Worcester, with three new signings making their home debuts, really upped their game in the second half, over-running the Bay in midfield and two goals in the space of 10 minutes won them the game.
Sanna had to rescue his side again with an excellent block with his body in a one-on-one with Kristian Ramsey-Dickson, but on 69 minutes he spilled the ball from a 30 yard free kick from Aaron Brown which was straight at him and Worcester scored from the resulting goalmouth scramble.
Worcester’s Daniel Nti claimed it, although it was Hopley’s final touch, as he tried to clear, that took the ball over the line.
With the Bay now under the cosh, and the introduction of Jamie Tolley for Jamie Crowther failing to wrestle back some control, Aaron Williams had a headed goal disallowed with the linesman cutting short the home celebrations by controversially ruling that the ball had crossed the line before Aaron Brown crossed it from the right.
Williams, however, did score a few minutes later when another cross from the right found him unmarked in front of goal to rifle past Sanna.
The Seagulls managed a late rally and Ellison scored with a penalty in added time for handball, but it came too late to give them a realistic chance of saving the game.