EASINGTON Colliery’s dreams of Durham Challenge Cup were dashed by Gateshead Reserves, who cruised to a 7-2 semi-final win at the International Stadium last night.
Jake Orrell was a thorn in the side of the Wearside League outfit, but he only became involved as a substitute for the Conference side in the fifth minute.
By the 14th minute, he had scored twice and Orrell went on to finish with four goals to his credit.
Ian Redman (own goal), Mattie Patterson and Michael Rankine (penalty) added to the woes of the visitors, whose travelling fans were given something to cheer about when Bryan Norton bagged a brace.
Gateshead will meet Shildon, winners against Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night, in the final.
In the Ebac Northern League First Division, Bishop Auckland played for an hour with 10 men after having John Butler red-carded.
At that stage, they were holding championship challengers North Shields to a draw. Gareth Bainbridge opened the scoring for the hosts, but Bishops’ Andrew Johnson levelled.
Bishops defended stoically until the 83rd minute when James Luccock finished off a flowing move for 2-1 and, with virtually the last kick of the match, Bainbridge cemented a 3-1 victory which took the Robins up to third place.
Tow Law Town’s position in Division Two is even more precarious after they lost 2-1 to fellow strugglers Stokesley SC, whose marksmen were Jack Bradbury and Dave Edwards, who fired a 90th-minute winner. Gustavo Silva had equalised for the Lawyers, who remain second-bottom, now 12 points behind Esh Winning.