WASHINGTON have appointed Stephen Hutchinson as manager in place of Chris Martin, who informed chairman Derek Armstrong a couple of weeks ago that he was no longer able to devote the time needed to managing an Ebac Northern League club.
“Chris agreed to stay on until we found a replacement. He took charge for the last time in our FA Carlsberg Vase tie with Morpeth Town on Saturday and as from today Stephen is at the helm,” said Armstrong.
Hutchinson has considerable non-league experience having played with Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, Gretna and Durham City. As manager he successfully guided Sunday team Plains Farm to Durham FA County Cup victory last season.
It was not a successful farewell for Martin as Morpeth Town won by a three-goal margin. Stephen Forster slotted past goalkeeper Martin Jackson after just three minutes and late in the game the Newtowners’ hopes of causing an upset ended as Shaun Taylor bagged a brace of goals.
After conceding seven goals to Morpeth Town in their previous game, Sunderland RCA bounced back to form with a 4-2 victory at Team Northumbria who scored in the first minute through Peter Watling and on 89 minutes courtesy of Dave Colvin.
Gavin Barton (2), Stuart Thompson and Kyle Morris earned Neil Hixon’s side their place in today’s draw.
Birtley Town went out to Whickham whose marksmen were Stephen Aiston with a brace, Tony Thirkell, Craig Rook and Michael Hedley. Curtis Coppen (2) and Daniel Taggart struck for Birtley who at one stage led 3-1.
Durham City exited at Guisborough Town for whom Michael Roberts completed a good move by Curtis Round and James Risbrough. Craig Ellison quickly levelled but two goals in nine minutes by Roberts and David Onions ended the hopes of the Citizens.
South Shields will replay their tie at Billingham Town tomorrow night following a 4-4 draw at Peterlee where the Mariners were ahead on three occasions. Jordan Fraser, Colin White, Tony Burnell and Luke Richardson were their marksmen with Carl Charlton (2), Anthony Ormerod and James McLeod replying for the Teessiders.
Jarrow Roofing had a close call against Willington, winning with an 87th-minute free-kick by Dean Nicholson, who had given his side a seventh-minute lead. Corey Nicholson levelled and on 52 minutes Roofing’s Stuart Nicholson was red-carded.
Despite facing only 10 players for 82 minutes, Bishop Auckland bowed out at Eccleshill where Keiran Megran was their only scorer. Marcus Edwards, Daniel Mann and Craig Trease netted for the hosts.
Crook Town hit Pickering Town for six with hat-tricks from Kyle Davis and Warren Byrne.