GATESHEAD Rutherford suffered a goalkeeping crisis against Ashington Colliers, with assistant manager Carl Hutchinson having to don the gloves.
The emergency stopper was just two minutes from being hailed the hero in a vital win when David Brown rose to power in a header to level.
It was tough luck on a Rutherford side who had led through goals from full-back Lee McGuinness and a disputed Shaun Todhunter penalty by half-time.
Wyn Fremlin pulled one back for the Colliers before Brown struck.
Heaton Stannington substitute Michael Waggett has a knack of netting vital goals and he did it again as they came from behind to win the East End derby.
Scott McDonald fired Walker Central into a surprise lead but they were reduced to ten men before Waggett latched on to a through ball to level.
He set up Jonathon Wright for the second soon after and used his pace to escape the defence and add the third.
Second-half strikes from Andy Rogerson and Tom Lucock earned Carlisle City three points at Ponteland United, while Alex Mathieson netted a double for Shankhouse as they beat bottom side Murton.
Dean Porter, Andrew Carr and Matthew Richardson nabbed the others, Martin Peace and Matthew Billiard replying.
Paul Joisce fired Blyth Town in front at Percy Main but Ryan Laws bent in direct from a corner to level with just eight minutes to play and further late goals from Tony Abladey and Liam Robertson secured the Villagers’ victory.
Goals from Craig Armstrong and Ray Oshin put Hebburn Reyrolle in charge at in the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup Seaton Delaval Amateurs.
However, a rousing second-half fightback saw Michael Fenwick net twice and Danny McGuire grabbed a late winner, beating several defenders and coolly slotting home.
Whitley Bay A had Mark Davison and Ian Lee on target as they also reached the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Killingworth Sporting.