Seaham Red Star succumbed to FA Vase winners Morpeth Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday, the visitors winning a competitive tie 3-1.
Paul Robinson fired Morpeth in front from range, with a driven, low shot which just eluded the keeper’s hand, as they dominated the first period, with home goalie Shaun Newbrook making a string of fine saves to keep his side in it.
But Red Star deservedly got back on terms in the second half as former Sunderland reserve-teamer Craig Lynch cut in from the left wing and worked space before curling a magnificent effort high into the visitors’ net to level matters,.
Their joy was shortlived, though, as, within three minutes, Luke Carr put the Northumbrians back in front with another cracking goal after beating a couple of defenders.
Sub Damen Mullen then hit an audacious effort from just inside his own half which came back off Newbrook’s bar.
Mark Collingwood’s side pressed, searching for the equaliser, with David Paul rattling the bar, but they left the way open for sub Michael Chilton to seal their fate five minutes from the end, nodding home Ben Sayer’s corner.
Morpeth will visit either North Shields or Jarrow Roofing, who drew 0-0 at the weekend, in the preliminary round on August 20.
Chester-le-Street – back in the Northern League top flight for the first time in more than a decade – coasted home in their tie against Garforth Town.
Lee Mole drove low into the corner of the net on 22 minutes and, following Craig Marron’s 70th-minute penalty, Chris Stephenson made victory certain with his late strike.
Chester entertain Marske United, impressive victors against South Shields, in the preliminary round.
Ambitious Shields succumbed to Marske United despite Leepaul Scroggins raising their hopes with a well-struck volley from the edge of the box to open the scoring.
Andy Ramsbottom restored parity on the stroke of half-time and, after the break, Nathan Mulligan and Glen Butterworth eased Marske to a 3-1 win in front of a 411-strong crowd.
Culpable defending proved costly for Easington Colliery.
A poor back-pass exposed goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson and Tom Atkinson made no mistake, securing Northallerton Town’s 1-0 victory.
Bishop Auckland were on song in their tie at Thornaby, winning 4-0 courtesy of Andrew Johnson, who bagged a brace, Sam Orritt and Michael Hodgson. They visit Lancashire outfit Nelson in the next round.
The margin of victory would have been greater but for a man-of-the-match performance by Thornaby goalkeeper Michael Duff.