DURHAM City extended their winning sequence with a comprehensive 5-2 victory over Seaham Red Star in last night’s Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup Second Round tie at New Ferens Park.
Adam Furness’s side made a dream start when they were awarded an eighth-minute penalty. Goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook brought down Connor Winter and Ollie Hodgkiss made no mistake from the spot.
Although Red Star fought gallantly, they were undone by conceding two goals in four minutes immediately before the interval.
Scott Fenwick cleverly turned his defender and hit a sweet shot just inside Newbrook’s post before Gary Shaw struck with a brilliant individual effort. He went past several defenders before delivering a crisp shot which again left Newbrook helpless.
Paul Kane managed a consolation for Seaham when his drive was deflected over the head of Gareth Young but the Citizens soon regained the ascendancy and when Paul Dixon was fouled, Fenwick struck his second goal of the night from the penalty spot.
With two minutes remaining, City went nap when a Craig Ellison free-kick hit the wall and Paul Dixon’s header rebounded from the crossbar before being driven home by Max Stoker.
Birtley Town failed to make home advantage count when their tie with Celtic Nation was switched because the Cumbrians’ ground was unfit.
It was the ‘home’ side who scored first though with Kevin Dixon beating Celtic goalkeeper Ian Milburn on 19 minutes.
Nathan Porritt and Ryan Errington sent Celtic in ahead at the interval and there was a further blow for Birtley with the sending off of Craig Marron on the hour mark.
Craig Wilson stretched the visitors lead from the spot before two goals in the last 10 minutes from Errington and Mark Shiel swept the Cumbrians to a 6-1 victory.
At one stage, Sunderland RCA led by two goals at Tow Law Town, but the tie was only decided on penalties.
John Parker and Gavin Barton both beat Lawyers’ goalkeeper Carl Robinson in the space of a couple of minutes before a long-range Scott Thompson effort reduced the arrears in the 47th minute.
With 10 minutes of normal time remaining, Scott Brassett levelled with a clinical finish which gave RCA goalkeeper Neal Atkinson no chance.
There were no further goals and Neil Hixon’s men went through 3-2 on penalties.
Despite losing by a four-goal margin, Jarrow Roofing gave Dunston UTS a hard game.
There was an element of luck as UTS took an eighth-minute lead with a 40-yard free kick by Terry Galbraith which bounced over the head of goalkeeper Jonathan Carmichael.
Roofing battled hard and played some good football before falling further behind after 28 minutes as another deadball kick from Galbraith was headed in at the back post by Lee McAndrew.
Yet another free-kick by Galbraith was converted by Chris Swailes at the second attempt and just before the end McAndrew left Carmichael lwith ittle chance of saving after being set up by Lewis Teasdale.
The nearest Richie McLoughlin’s side came to a goal was in the 57th minute when a tremendous shot by Jamie Marshall rattled the woodwork.
Newcastle Benfield caused a shock by defeating third-top Bedlington Terriers.
Sam Norris gave Benfield the advantage with a fine solo effort but shortly afterwards Martin Brittain levelled with an equally good strike.
Just before the interval a cross by Micky Deverdics deceived defenders and attackers alike to find the net past Terriers’ goalkeeper Jonathan Ball.
There was some respite at last for bottom-of-the-table South Shields, who progressed at the expense of Alnwick Town, who prop up Division Two.
Chris Feasey and Adam Bell netted in the opening five minutes but by the interval Alnwick were level courtesy of Daniel Thompson and Alex Makin.
The Northumbrians fought hard but their hopes ended as Jonny Wightman bagged a brace of goals in the second period.
Chester-le-Street produced a good performance to defeat in-form Crook Town in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.
David Paul struck for the Millfield side and after Michael Pattison levelled, the tie went into extra time and the Cestrians won 4-2 on penalties.