CHESTER-LE-STREET reached the Third Round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, but needed a penalty shoot-out before seeing off a strong challenge by Thornaby on Teesside last night.
Chris Burton fired the home side in front and just before the interval, Lewis Lynch levelled. There were no further goals until the first period of extra-time when Lynch again beat Thornaby goalkeeper Nicholas Farrell but the Cestrians then conceded a penalty which Rocky Andrews converted.
The tie then went to penalties and Chester-le-Street celebrated with a 3-1 victory.
West Auckland Town were in with a chance of causing an upset in the Durham Challenge Cup Second Round tie against Spennymoor Town but shot themselves in the foot by having two players sent off and Jason Ainsley’s side eventually coasted to a 5-2 victory.
Stephen Richardson fired low into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards to give Moors the half-time advantage but two goals in as many minutes early in the second period turned the tables in West’s favour.
John Campbell delivered an exquisite finish with a 20-yard free kick and almost immediately he was again on target, converting a precision cross from Mattie Moffat.
But in the 54th minute, West had Matthew Coad sent off as he was shown a second yellow card after only being on the field for nine minutes.
Spennymoor took advantage and went 3-2 ahead with a headed goal from Chris Mason and a second by Richardson who gave goalkeeper Neal Atkinson no chance from 20 yards.
Worse was to follow for West who went down to nine men in the 80th minute as Mark Stephenson was shown a straight red card.
There was no stopping Spennymoor now and after Richardson completed his hat-trick, the home side went nap with Michael Rae striking in the last minute.
Only one game went ahead in the Ebac Northern League First Division and a 4-2 victory for Ashington lifted them into seventh place. Defeat places more pressure on Billingham Town who remain third from bottom, three pointed behind Newcastle Benfield and now with just one game in hand on the Tynesiders.
Two goals from Andrew Johnson and Phill Bell in the opening 21 minutes left the Teessiders with a formidable challenge and although Nicky Martin temporarily raised his team’s hopes, the Colliers romped into a three-goals lead with a brace by Glen Taylor.
In the second period, Ashington’s Johnson had a header cleared off the line and his colleague struck the woodwork before Harrison Davies claimed what was no more than a second consolation goal for Billingham.