Whitby let themselves down after an embarrassing FA Cup exit, against determined but lower-ranked opponents, in South Yorkshire, on Saturday.
Penistone Church play their football two levels below the Seasiders and looked to be up against when skipper Danny Howes was red-carded inside ten minutes for a touchline lunge on Callum Martin.
Worse was to follow, soon after, for the North Counties East Premier outfit when Luke Bythway nodded in Martin’s right-wing cross to put Town ahead,.
However, Church hit back with a headed goal of their own threw big defender Tom Brennan, midway through the half. However, Martin smashed a driven cross against Brennan, moments later, at the other end and ball flew into the Penistone net to retain Whitby’s lead.
Another big centre half replied though, seconds before half time. Ex Grantham defender/striker Brett Lovell rose highest from yet another cross, to nod past Shane Bland for 2-2.
The second half was amore cagey affair with efforts cleared off the Penistone line, principally from Kieran Weledji, by Brennan. The hosts then won a corner, deep into injury time. Up stepped former Stocksbridge striker Andy Ring to bundle home point blank for a last-gasp winner to throw much of the 496 crowd into rapture, after a tremendous performance from their plucky side.
The good following from Whitby were left to mourn yet another first hurdle exit, having only past the opening qualifying round twice since 2011.
Whitby Town: Bland, Martin, McWilliams, McGoldrick, Bythway, Monkhouse, May, Gell, Snaith (c), Weledji, Carson. Subs: Roberts, Dixon, Miller, Fryatt, Hume, Tymon, Bullock.