A much changed North Shields side lost interest in the Northern League Cup at Seaham Town Park on Tuesday evening.
The Robins had beaten the Second Division highflyers along their FA Vase journey but for this clash only five players who started against Shildon took the field as this game kicked off.
Front runners Gareth Bainbridge and Dean Holmes were introduced as second half substitutes whilst Michael Robinson made his first appearance between the posts since his injury in the fourth match of the campaign against Billingham Synthonia.
Joe Elliott led the side out and it was a determined and dream start as good work from Denver Morris found Ryan Carr whose crisp shot found the net in the eighth minute.
So much were the Tynesiders in charge that Seaham did not pose any threat until the 21st minute when Liam McBryde rifled over.
Coming more into it the hosts tested Robinson then claimed a leveller in the 32nd minute as Dean Nicholson’s curler took a touch on a defender’s head to fly into the net.
Straight to the other end and Kieran Wrightson saw his goalbound effort frantically charged down but two quality sides could not be separated at the break.
A brilliant double save from Robinson kept his side on terms but the winner came 11 minutes from time when the ball fell kindly for Lewis Wing to take his time and blast home.
With Shields piling forward late on Seaham broke twice but substitute Darren Reay blazed high and wide of a gaping goal then could only find the side netting when well placed to leave the hosts hanging on at the final whistle.
Robins assistant boss Andy Bowman said: “We’re obviously disappointed to go out but it was such a close game that could have gone either way.
“I thought all the lads who came in showed a great attitude.”