FA Carlsberg Vase/STL Northern League

CONSETT and Guisborough Town will make another attempt to settle their FA Carlsberg Vase First Round tie at Belle Vue Park on Wednesday night after the sides shared eight goals at the weekend.

CONSETT and Guisborough Town will make another attempt to settle their FA Carlsberg Vase First Round tie at Belle Vue Park on Wednesday night after the sides shared eight goals at the weekend.

Fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout the 120 minutes. The Steelmen were ahead three times but then trailed until Gavin Ross made the final score 4-4 six minutes from the end of extra time.

Michael Mackay (2) and Marc Walton were Consett’s other marksmen with Liam McPhillips (2), Shane Henry and Chris I’Anson earning Guisborough a second chance.

Hebburn Town have enjoyed one or two giant-killing acts in the FA Cup but they failed to upset the odds at Newcastle Benfield – although they took their First Division opponents to the wire.

Philip Lumsden headed Benfield into the lead a minute before the interval and after Liam McBryde equalised, Paul Antony claimed the winner 13 minutes from the end. Bedlington Terriers produced their best performance of the season when they romped to victory over Sunderland RCA.

Ian Graham, Craig Hubbard and Anthony Shandran (pen) had them in a commanding position before Andrew Jennings threw the Wearsiders a lifeline.

In the last minute, Tommy English struck a fourth goal for Bedlington.

West Auckland Town, with 12 wins and a draw in their previous 13 fixtures, had their work cut out before defeating Shildon following extra time.

Warren Byrne struck midway through the opening half for Shildon but West then went in front with a brace of goals inside three second-half minutes from Michael Rae.

With only a couple of minutes remaining, Stephen Johnson restored parity from the penalty spot and a minute from the end of extra time, Richard Paxton sliced the ball into his own net. South Shields went out to Billingham Town whose marksmen were Jamie Owens, with a hat-trick, Nicky Martin and Richard Walker.

The Mariners trailed by five goals until Denver Morris and Alex Benjamin claimed two late goals.

Richard Hodgson (pen) and Brian Fairhurst (2) booked Crook Town’s place in today’s draw at the expense of Jarrow Roofing whose marksmen were David Malloy and Peter Kane.

Gillford Park had an easy passage at Darlington RA whose only goal was credited to Richard Thompson. Tyran Taylor, Michael Reed and Mark Shiel (2) found the net for the Carlisle-based side.

With Sunderland RCA and West Auckland Town on Vase duty, Dunston UTS closed in on the pair at the top of the STL Northern League First Division.

Stephen Pickering and Andy Bulford fired them into a two-goals lead inside 38 minutes at Billingham Synthonia for whom James Magowan struck eight minutes from time. Whitley Bay are fourth and they also won on Teesside, defeating Norton and Stockton Ancients courtesy of Paul Chow (2) and Damien Robson. Darren Mowbray replied.

Spennymoor Town remain fifth and they too enjoyed a comfortable victory. Lewis Dodds, Gavin Barton (pen) and Sonny Andrews were their matchwinners at home to Tow Law Town.

Ashington recorded the biggest win of the day to set themselves up nicely for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Grimsby Town.

Craig Scott (2), Andrew Johnson (2), Danny Jones, Jonny Godsmark and Damien Mullen scored in an emphatic win at Stokesley SC and it could have been eight had Jamie Clarke not failed with a penalty.

Team Northumbria are still ahead in Division Two despite losing their last two games.

After going down to Hebburn Town last midweek, Esh Winning won with an only goal by Craig Coates in Saturday’s clash. Whickham are now just three points off the top having played the same number of games as Team.

Stephen Aiston, Kieron Wrightson and Alex Henderson (pen) were their matchwinners at Easington Colliery for whom debutant Ross Galley and Luke Wilson found the net.

After the game Easington appointed Mark Proudlock as manager to succeed Andy Colledge, who recently resigned.

Birtley Town extended their winning sequence and are now third after going nap against Washington who led through Ben Richardson.

Daniel Smart (2), Reece Darwin, Stephen Telford and Peter Henderson took their team’s tally to 41 goals in 15 games.

West Allotment Celtic are also in the promotion frame but they had to settle for a point at Thornaby whose marksmen were Marcus Laing and Craig Skelton. Tony Lancaster and Lee Dean netted for the Tynesiders.

MALCOLM PRATT

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