CHESTER-le-Street exited the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup to a last-minute strike at West Allotment Celtic last night.
The deadlock wasn’t broken until the 72nd minute when Celtic’s David Dormand struck, but, within eight minutes, the Cestrians were level through substitute Chris Wilkinson.
In the 90th minute, however, the visitors conceded a penalty which Shaun Reid fired past keeper Matthew Crook.
There was another close result at Washington, where Esh Winning won in extra time.
Martin Roper had the Newtowners ahead until the 90th minute when Craig Mickle levelled. In the extra half hour, Alex Wilson struck Esh’s winner in the 115th minute.
Horden ended with only nine men and were, unsurprisingly, well beaten by Darlington RA.
Graeme Whitehead, Stephen Allinson (2) and James Evison had RA four up before Stephen Carruthers was sent off in the 55th minute.
Michael Watson hit the goal of the night from 25 yards for Horden, but his success was only temporary respite for the Colliers, who went down to nine men in the 78th minute with the dismissal of Tom Wilkie.
Stokesley SC and Tow Law shared nine goals in 120 minutes before the Lawyers progressed, winning 8-7 on penalties.
Their marksmen in two hours of open play were Daniel Wilson (3), Carl Pottinger and Shaun Ryder.