Whitley Bay’s inconsistent form was again highlighted with a win and loss in the past week.
On Saturday they beat Northallerton Town 2-1 at home, but on Tuesday lost 2-1 at home to Penrith.
Penrith took the lead after 16 minutes through Gardner after a long ball was not dealt with by the home defence.
It was 0-1 at half-time, but Penrith doubled their lead on 58 minutes when Gardner again netted, this time following a corner.
On 76 minutes Whitley were awarded a penalty when Michael Colquhoun was brought down in the box and Lee Kerr converted from the spot, but they could not force an equaliser.
Whitley came from behind to claim a crucial victory against Northallerton on Saturday which lifted them three places up the table.
Playing their first game for three weeks following prolonged wet weather, Whitley got off to a slow start and they found themselves a goal behind when Nicky Martin headed home from close range to give the Yorkshiremen a deserved 15th minute lead.
But Whitley hit back and scored twice in quick succession.
In 28 minutes, from a corner, Mark Robinson turned on the edge of the six yard box and drove a first time shot high into the net. .
And three minutes later, Robinson turned provider,setting up Brad Hird, who clipped the ball over the advancing keeper to secure three welcome points.
On Saturday (December 7), Whitley Bay are away to Bishop Auckland and next Tuesday (10th) they are away to Hebburn Town.