SILKSWORTH CW progressed in the Durham Challenge Cup in dramatic fashion last night, winning their preliminary round tie at Horden CW 4-2 on penalties, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Mark Brischuk fired the home side into a 65th-minute lead, but, with 15 minutes remaining, top scorer Liam Gill levelled.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, referee Jeff Marr was injured and Silksworth vice-chairman David Steele ran the line for the remainder of the game, and extra time.
After going behind on 30 minutes to a Gary Dadd goal, Easington Colliery roared back for a 4-1 victory over Harton and Westoe.
It wasn’t until the 50th minute that Corey Steel levelled ,but from then on the Colliers were dominant and further goals flowed from Dale Spence, David Paul and Liam Wintrip.
Crook Town, bottom of the Ebac Northern League First Division, scored first through Kallum Holbrooke but crashed out 4-1 to Billingham Town.
A Chris Renshaw own goal levelled the scores and in the second period David Ballantyne gave the Teessiders the lead before two penalties from Andrew Lambert ended any hopes Crook harboured.
Willington were in seventh heaven in their tie with Brandon United, who did manage three consolation goals courtesy of Aidan West, John Harrison and Craig Roberts.
Man-of-the-match Liam Whitworth netted four times, with Matthew Mounter, Michael Gibson and Jason White also on target for the Hall Lane side.
Marcus Laing, Nicky Martin and Tom Bligh earned Norton and Stockton their passage into the next round at the expense of Newton Aycliffe, whose two goals were credited to Tom Atkinson and Zak Boagey.