BOSTON United suffered defeat at Blyth Spartans yesterday.
Phic Cave’s 60th minute spot kick proved the distance as he fired past Paul Bastock to claim all the points.
It was another lacklustre performance from the Pilgrims, who have now lost back-to-back matches in the Blue Square Bet North.
With full backs Lee Canoville, Gareth Jelleyman, Jordan Fairclough and Liam Parker all injured, Kevin Austin and Ben Wilkinson joined the back four.
But this new-look back-line could not excuse the lack of potency in attack once again.
The Pilgrims have now managed just one goal in their past four contests.
In fact, the match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until Spartans were gifted a soft penalty after ex-Blyth defender Alan White was adjudged to have handled.
Cave sent Bastock the wrong way and the rest is history.
BLYTH: David Knight, Dylan Purvis (Richie Slaughter 87), Carl Jones, Wayne Buchanan, Phil Cave, Lee Mason (Adam Forster 53), Dan Groves, Neal Hooks, Chris Emms (Dave Coulson 76), Graeme Armstrong, John Alexander; Subs (not used): Phil Bannister, Matt Crook.
UNITED: Paul Bastock, Ben Wilkinson, Tom Ward, Alan White, Kevin Austin, Ryan Semple, Ben Milnes, Danny Sleath, Chris Hall; Mikel Suarez (Kevin Holsgrove 68), Marc Newsham (Jason Lee 68); Subs (not used): Jason Field, Adam Millson, Andy Hewitt.
Ref: Andrew Miller