GATESHEAD kept the pressure on leaders Witton Albion in the UniBond League Premier Division with a 3-1 victory at Kendal Town last night.
Phil Cave converted a 23rd-minute penalty and Graeme Armstrong made it two just before the interval.
Kendal, who hit the woodwork on three occasions, reduced the arrears on 58 minutes as James Curtis headed the ball over stranded goalkeeper Scott Allison for an own goal.
The home side had skipper Tony Hallam sent off with nine minutes remaining and from the resultant free-kick, David Southern made sure of the points for Gateshead.
Prudhoe Town were hit for six by Shildon in the Arngrove Northern League Cup second round tie at Kimberley Park.
Adam Emson rifled a hat-trick with Gary Ankers, Tyson Masters and Scott Duncan (og) also on the scoresheet. Paul Mills claimed a consolation goal for the home team.
Whickham were also on the receiving end of a goals feast when Spennymoor Town ended 4-0 winners courtesy of Graeme Robson (2), Adam Johnston and Karl Richards.
An only goal by Nicholas Green two minutes from the end earned Jarrow Roofing their place in the next round at the expense of Ryton, while the tie between Billingham Town and Northallerton Town was abandoned after just four minutes because of a floodlight failure.
North Shields progressed in the npower Northumberland FA Senior Cup, recovering from a two-goal deficit to defeat Ponteland United 4-2. Dominic Clauzell struck twice before Roy Gordon (2), Chris Douglas and Alan Robertson responded for the Robins.
Morpeth Town went through with a 3-1 extra-time win against Newcastle Benfield BP at Craik Park.
Tony Shandran was a 40th-minute scorer for the visitors and Stephen Young restored parity early in the second period. In additional time, Paul Wilary (pen) and Young saw Morpeth home.