BISHOP Auckland sprang a surprise in last night's Durham Challenge Cup semi-final when they defeated Gateshead Reserves 2-1 at Heritage Park.
The home side made a dream start as Dion Raitt headed a corner past goalkeeper Jordan Nixon in the very first minute.
Aaron Wearmouth doubled the lead on 25 minutes when he diverted Keiran Megran’s shot wide of Nixon.
And it wasn’t until the 71st minute that the Tynesiders came back into the game.
Ryan McGorrigan delivered a splendid shot from 20 yards which found the net past Bishops ‘keeper Peter Jeffries.
Leaders Crook Town suffered a rare defeat in Division Two of the Ebac Northern League when Morpeth Town, who are in contention for one of the promotion places, emerged 3-1 winners.
Stephen Anderson and Michael Chilton had them two goals up before Warren Byrne reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.
Morpeth’s Andrew Wright and Crook’s David Hall were sent off in the 58th minute and on 75 minutes, Anderson struck his second goal of the night.
Worse was to follow for Crook who had Kyle Davis red-carded in the final minute.
Washington just edged past North Shields in the second round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.
The tie was decided in the 11th minute when a corner was helped on by Lee Hamilton to John Wears and he headed past goalkeeper Shaun McCafferty.
In the Wearside League, Willington consolidated third place with a 3-1 victory at home to Annfield Plain.
Paul Bayles and Stephen Howe were both on target before Alan Robson threw the visitors a lifeline with his 81st-minute strike.
But as they pushed forward searching for an equaliser, Plain left the door open for Adam Sakr to beat goalkeeper Grant Scott and ensure his side claimed three crucial points.
Prudhoe Town returned from a long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic pointless.
Ryan Hall gave the Cumbrians a 43rd-minute advantage and three minutes into the second half, John Little converted a penalty awarded for a handling offence.
Boldon CW’s Adam Sharp fired his side ahead only for Paul Muir to level from the spot for Easington Colliery, who then clinched a late winner courtesy of Mark Robinson.
Coxhoe Athletic went in front at Ashbrooke Belford House with a first-minute penalty by Stephen Parnaby but soon afterwards Martin Deacon equalised.
With time running out a draw looked the likely outcome – but in the 88th minute Stephen Bogie delivered a free-kick past Stephen Storrs to earn all three points for Ashbrooke.
Richmond Town maintained their strong push for the championship when they went nap at Darlington Cleveland Bridge with goals from Callum Holbrook, Ben Darville, Jason Newall, Liam Darville and Sam Vernalls.