MURTON endured cup agony for the second successive week.
The lowly home side’s Durham County Minor Cup quarter-final exit was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Coundon & Leeholme in the Washington Aged Peoples Trophy second round.
Both goals came in the first half, the opener in just the second minute, with Darren Griffiths and Chris Howe on target for the high-flying visitors,
Murton came more into the game on the restart, creating a couple of chances, but they could not find a way back into the tie.
Aiden Vout shone for Murton, Ian Maddison for Coundon.
Newcomers Birtley started brightly but failed to take their chances and duly paid the price as Ebchester Consett Reserves took full command to run out 9-0 winners in the league.
Bartlett were two down by the 20th minute, and four more goals followed before the break.
Daniel Reed led the way with a well-taken hat-trick, backed by doubles from Stephen Agnew, Daniel Parker and Richard Parkin. James Ward stood out for second-bottom Birtley.
Ferryhill Town were outgunned 4-1 by impressive visitors Hartlepool Reserves.
Man of the match Shaun Ryder notched for Town, but two-goal Lewis Murphy, Joe Evans and Anthony Readman earned all three points for Pool.
Shildon Reserves succumbed 7-3 at Horsley Hill, who climbed to second place on the back of Kyle Houshby’s hat-trick.
Captain Kevin Davison, Levi Collins (2) and an overhead kick from centre-back Ryan Moore made it seven, with Michael Webster, Jack Brennan and James Huntley firing the replies.
Leaders Wallsend Town maintained their dominance, comprehensively outgunning Sedgefield NetPark 5-0, thanks to doubles form Paul Bell and Gary Hall, with Derek Graham adding a brilliant overhead kick strike from 10 yards.
Tom Olley starred for NetPark.
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