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Sunderland RCA, languishing mid-table in Division Two, spectacularly defeated First Division West Auckland Town but Billingham Town crashed out to Northern Alliance Premier Division team Peterlee Town.

THE majority of sides were involved in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase at the weekend, producing a mixed bag of results.

Sunderland RCA, languishing mid-table in Division Two, spectacularly defeated First Division West Auckland Town but Billingham Town crashed out to Northern Alliance Premier Division team Peterlee Town.

West Auckland's Garry Barnes bagged a brace of goals but David Tait (2), Lee Owens and Andy Jennings led RCA into the next round. Billingham Town were firm favourites to see off Peterlee but were outplayed and outclassed. After losing John Alexander with a dislocated shoulder, the Teessiders went behind to Carl Lilley and it was no surprise when David Rowe added to the woes of the First Division side.

Chester-le-Street went out to second division Stokesley SC who staged a rally after conceding goals to Elliott Gardiner and Robbie Draper in the first 26 minutes.

Gary Hamilton reduced the deficit and there was only a minute of normal time remaining as Gareth Williams restored parity. Four minutes from the end of extra-time Lev Yalcin clinched the tie for Stokesley.

Ryton produced a good performance at Hall Road Rangers where they romped to victory thanks to Marc Walton (2), Liam McBride and Glen Reay.

Morpeth Town, too, had little difficulty seeing off Darlington RA and second-half strikes by Alex Benjamin, John Campbell and Lee Bell (pen) booked their place in the next round.

A goal from Brian Dodsworth proved sufficient for Bedlington Terriers at Eccleshill but Seaham Red Star crashed out to Selby. Stephen Winspear (pen) was their only marksman in a 5-1 defeat.

Sunderland Nissan were taken to the wire at Horden CW for whom Darren Atkinson cancelled out Andrew Appleby's goal. Neil Tarrant struck the winner midway through the second half.

Two goals by Tony Thirkell had Birtley Town in front but Scarborough Athletic finished strongly to take the tie 3-2. And there was another close result at West Allotment Celtic who defeated Silsden with an extra-time effort from Keith Douglas. Andy King had put the visitors in front until Andy Johnson levelled.

Additional time was also needed to settle the game at Esh Winning who won with Nicky Martin's goal. Jonathan Hall netted for Team Northumbria before Craig Coates equalised.

North Shields gave an improved performance but still went down to Ashington whose first-half marksmen were Gareth Bainbridge and Paul Dunn.

Martin Irwin gave Hebburn Town the lead with a glancing header but Tadcaster Albion won 2-1 in additional time as did Crook Town at Barton Town Old Boys where Keith Foster and Daniel Olasogo netted.

After leading courtesy of Mark Eckles and Billy Maguire until the 65th minute, Tow Law Town went down to Spennymoor Town who won 4-2 in extra time. Jamie Clarke was their hero with a hat-trick and Craig Ruddy also found the net.

Shildon were the biggest winners of the day when they crushed Yorkshire Amateur 7-0 with Lee Chapman and Peter Watling both recording hat-tricks. Warren Byrne was the other scorer.

Bishop Auckland disappointed at Marske United despite scoring first through Paul Moss. Jonathan Newton (2), Simon Kasonali and Craig Skelton swept the Seasiders home.

Brandon United went out 3-0 at Leeds Carnegie, Penrith defeated Dinnington Town with goals from Michael Reed and Wayne Robertson, Guisborough Town won 6-3 at Armthorpe Welfare but Thornaby lost a nine-goal thriller to Thackley.

In a restricted league programme, Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics missed the opportunity to go top of Division One when Consett won 3-1 with goals by Stephen Brown, Mattie Moffat (pen) and Stephen Johnson. Michael Chilton was Benfield's only scorer.

Fergal Harkin, Mark Sheeran and Andrew Bulford enabled Dunston Federation to defeat Northallerton Town while Whitley Bay lost 4-1 at Billingham Synthonia.

Colin Iley (2) and brothers Michael and Nathan Jameson struck for Synners with Leon Ryan on the mark for the Bay.

Jarrow Roofing moved to fourth position in Division Two with a six-goal blitz of Whickham for whom Paul Cavanagh claimed a consolation goal. Eifion Williams (3), Keith Davison (2) and Chris Archer struck for Roofing.

Irvine Ruddick and Joseph Betts enabled Washington to win at Prudhoe Town for whom David Potts scored a late goal, while second-top Norton and Stockton Ancients defeated leaders Whitehaven 4-1.


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