Northern League: Paul’s perfect as Easington send Benfield crashing out of cup

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Easington Colliery produced the shock result of the round when they defeated Newcastle Benfield 2-1 in the Cameron Brewery Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup last night.

Although the newly-promoted Colliers are up to sixth in the Ebac Northern League Second Division, they were very much the underdogs away to the Tynesiders, who are just below mid-table in the top flight.

But Paul Frame’s side took the game to Benfield from the start and were rewarded with two first-half goals.

In the 31st minute, a great pass by Luke Page opened up the opportunity for David Paul to bury a shot into the net and eight minutes later Paul made it two with a superb direct free-kick which beat the wall and goalkeeper Mark Cook.

Benfield never seriously threatened and the game was into added time before Tony Lancaster claimed a consolation goal – but all the plaudits went to Easington for their superb performance.

Seaham Red Star eased past Ryton and Crawcrook Albion by the odd goal in three.

Lee Kerr gave them the advantage with a penalty, but, early in the second period, his second spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Cameron McCullough.

Ryton hit back with a 71st-minute equaliser from Scott Gunn, but four minutes from time Daryl Donnelly headed in the winner for Mark Collingwood’s team.

Bishop Auckland went out to Morpeth Town, who scored all four goals in a 3-1 victory.

Dan Taggart and Jordan Nellis had the Northumbrians two goals up, but James Novak then deflected the ball into his net to throw Bishops a lifeline.

The visitors were killed off on 75 minutes as Steven Anderson restored Morpeth’s two-goal cushion.

Billingham Synthonia went through 3-1 at West Allotment Celtic, thanks to strikes by Mattie Osmond, Jamie Clarke (pen) and Jamie Barton. Ian Lee replied.