FOUR Ebac Northern League clubs are through to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup and the number will increase to five if Dunston UTS defeat Kendal Town in tomorrow’s replay, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Shildon, who scored 11 goals last midweek, were again in ruthless scoring mode when they dismissed Durham City 3-1 at New Ferens Park.
Lee Chapman and Billy Greulich-Smith had the visitors in the driving seat by the 22nd minute and although Jack Pounder reduced the deficit in the second half, Chris McCabe’s late strike ended the hopes of Dickie Ord’s side.
South Shields, the 11-goal victims of the Railwaymen, had a much tighter defence at Spennymoor, who had to work hard for their 2-0 victory.
It took 67 minutes for Anthony Peacock to break through and nine minutes later Daniel Moore struck a decisive second goal.
An own goal by Richard Pell, who headed in a Sonny Andrews free-kick, proved sufficient for Bishop Auckland in a tightly-contested tie at Bedlington Terriers.
The match of the day between Ashington and West Auckland lived up to its billing.
Last week, the sides shared six goals and another five flowed at Woodhorn Lane where West claimed victory with an 87th-minute John Parker strike.
Ashington went two up inside 28 minutes through Andrew Johnson and Marc Walton (penalty), but John Campbell reduced the deficit from the spot and Craig Hubbard levelled before Parker’s last-gasp winner.
Dunston UTS conceded an 87th-minute equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Kendal. Dale Burrell, Chris Swailes and Stephen Preen netted for Billy Irwin’s side.
Evo-Stik League outfit Blyth Spartans progressed to today’s draw with a 1-0 home win over Garforth, with Phil Airey notching.