CHESTER-le-Street produced the biggest shock of the season so far when they beat high-fliers Ashington in the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
The Cestrians, second-bottom in Division Two of the STL Northern League, were very much the underdogs away to the Colliers, who are through to the FA Cup’s fourth and final qualifying round.
Ashington, defending an 11-game unbeaten record, finally met their match in the Cestrians who won with a 76th-minute strike. Scott Swanston collected a cross from the right by Ben Johnson and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Karl Dryden.
Seaham Red Star went out in extra time to Crook Town, who led from the 40th minute as Richard Hodgson drove the ball wide of Ryan Graham.
With barely a minute of normal time remaining, Kevin Gordon equalised as he rounded keeper Mark Riches and drove the ball into an empty net.
Andy Appleby bagged Crook’s winner on 95 minutes, latching on to a through ball and leaving Graham with little chance of saving his strong drive.
A penalty shoot-out decided the tie between Jarrow Roofing and West Allotment Celtic, who drew 3-3 after extra time.
Celtic were coasting with Michael Bell’s brace, but Neil Scott threw Roofing a lifeline and Chris Hughes levelled.
Early in extra time, Roofing led through Hughes but Scott Fenwick quickly equalised. Celtic won the shoot-out 4-2.
Andy Bulford (2), Michael Dixon and Danny Craggs booked Dunston UTS’s second-round place in a 4-0 win over Tow Law.
Birtley Town jumped five place to third in Division Two when they extended their winning sequence with a 4-0 victory at home to Whitehaven. Andy Smart, Dan Smith and Stephen Telford (2) did the damage.