ONLY one of the region’s three survivors, Newcastle United, are through to the last 16 of the Women’s FA Cup, though Sunderland could yet join their local rivals.
The Black Cats will host Birmingham City next Sunday after the original tie was postponed yesterday but Middlesbrough are out after they crashed 5-2 at top flight Chelsea.
Newcastle won 3-1 at Preston North End despite the home side taking an eighth-minute lead through Gemma Watson from the spot.
Naomi Robson levelled with a back-post header from a Kelly Ridley free-kick, then Sarah Bennett scored a fine solo goal on the stroke of half-time.
Striker Bennett then gave the Magpies a two-goal cushion just past the hour and Rob Atkins’ side will now be hoping for home advantage in today’s fifth round draw.
West Auckland Town got the new year off to a disappointing start when they lost their top-four Northern Combination game at home to Rochdale who scored twice in the second half.
Blyth Spartans, down to the bare bones, won 4-0 in the North East Regional League at bottom club Doncaster Parklands. Ashley Lambert put Blyth ahead from 20 yards after 28 minutes. Kelly Hall increased the lead on the hour and Joanne Dixon made it three before Lambert converted Hall’s last-minute cross.
Vicky Mudd scored seven goals and Claire Bridgett a hat-trick as Peterlee Town hammered Durham City 12-0 in the Durham Challenge Cup.