Bulford fires Dunston into Vase semi-finals

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THERE will be at least one Ebac Northern League side in the semi finals of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

Dunston UTS have home advantage over West Auckland Town in a repeat of the 2012 final which the Tynesiders won.

Billy Irwin’s side blasted Essex team Brightlingsea Regent with a superb hat-trick by Andrew Bulford and further goals from Lee McAndrew and Jonny Wightman.

West Auckland reached the quarter-finals when Mattie Moffat and John Campbell (pen) earned their side victory over Bristol outfit Hallen.

Newcastle Benfield are also into the last eight following a superb performance when they defeated joint favourites and the holders Spennymoor Town at the Brewery field.

Paul Brayson scored both goals with Liam Henderson on target for Moors who only a week ago were challenging for honours on four fronts. Last Wednesday they went out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup to Guisborough Town.

Morpeth Town performed heroics to reach the last 16 for the first time in their history, but it all turned sour at Eastbourne United where they crashed to a 6-1 defeat.

In the very first minute, a melee ended with Morpeth’s Jordan Fry being red-carded and the home side made the numerical advantage count, scoring six times before Morpeth went down to eight men with the dismissal of Stephen Anderson and Shaun Bell.

The draw for the quarter-finals affecting the three ENL sides is:

Dunston UTS v West Auckland Town, St Andrews (Leicester) v Newcastle Benfield. Ties to be played on Saturday March 8.