HYLTON Sports Club came through a testing clash with much-improved Shildon Reserves to clinch their place in the Durham County Trophy quarter-finals.
In an epic tie, Hylton started the brighter, with short and sharp passing which led to a Stephen Moody opener, but the Railwaymen kept fighting and their route one tactic paid off with an equaliser.
Hylton were never allowed time on the ball by Shildon’s pressing, but they regained the lead, courtesy of the impressive Martin Hope. The ball bobbled on the edge of the box, but Hope pounced with a fierce strike which left the keeper with no chance.
Shildon caught Brian Carter napping at a throw-in and their centre-forward levelling with a classy chip over keeper Ryan Docherty to square it at 2-2.
Hylton continued to create chances on the restart, but the visitors remained resilient until what proved to be the winning goal, with Kevin Humble placing his shot in the bottom right corner from the edge of the box, following a corner.
Kyle Sumner stood out for Hylton. Star man Stephen Clifford and Michael Webster notched Shildon’s goals.
Murton progressed into the quarter-finals, beating Teesside League visitors Billingham by the odd goal in seven.
An even first half saw the sides turn around level at 1-1, but Billingham took the lead shortly after half-time with a good breakaway goal.
Murton, though, powered back into the game, scoring two well-worked goals before Billingham equalised at 3-3 with 10 minutes to go.
Extra time looked certain. but man of the match Dominic Swinbourne pounced four minutes from time to see Murton through.
Anthony Cowie (2) and Mark Ruddock also notched for Murton.
Wheatley Hill WMC saw their dreams dashed in extra time as Sedgefield NetPark squeezed home 4-3.
The first half saw both teams up for it, with a competitive attitude leading to three successful penalties, two by Hill’s Phillip Hickman and a Sedgefield spot-kick from Brian Fairhurst.
Wheatley stormed 3-1 up through man of the match Shaun Jackson, but sloppy play led to Sedgefield equalising and taking the tie in the extra half hour as Fairhurst, James Duddin and Anthony Phillipson struck.
Leaders Coundon & Leeholme edged through 1-0 in a tough battle at Whitehill, with Stevie Johnson heading home a corner for the 28th-minute winner.
Scott Cresswell capped a superb display in goal, saving a Coundon penalty. In an entertaining clash, Craig Mickle drove just wide in the final minute as Whitehill pushed for a leveller.
Bishop Auckland Reserves endured a tough day, succumbing 7-2 to a very strong and quick Whickham Sporting Club side.
Liam Bain, with a curling effort in off the post, and Lewis Dunn bagged Bishops’ consolations, with Scott Connell their star performer.
Sherburn Village WMC climbed to fourth place in the table by outgunning Ferryhill Town 8-3 in the only league match.
Sherburn controlled the game from the off, although it was only 2-1 at half-time.
Two strikes early in the second period put them three goals to the good, though Ferryhill kept battling and got back to within a goal at 4-3, only to be killed off by four goals in the final 16 minutes.
Star man Karl Nattress (2) and Matthew Jackson netted for Town, but Garry Dodds bagged a clinical hat-trick to inspire the hosts, backed by doubles from Omar Mostafa and Scott Arnott, with Joe Simpson heading the opener.
Horsley Hill won 5-0 at Brandon United Reserves in a midweek league game.
There were two Washington Aged Peoples Trophy ties.
Ryan Perry, Michael Kelly and man of the match James Ward notched for Birtley in an 8-3 loss to Hartlepool Reserves, for whom Dan Cartwright (3) and Lewis Murphy (2) led the way.
Brandon United Reserves exited 4-2 at high-flying Wallsend Town, with Derek Graham (2), Ian Graham and Michael Pooley more than cancelling out Ben Pearson’s Brandon brace.
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