Sunderland RCA and Washington both exited the Durham Challenge Cup last night, with first-round defeat to Billingham Synthonia and Chester-le-Street respectively.
RCA were beaten 2-1 at Billingham Synthonia after enjoying the perfect start, going ahead after three minutes, when a defensive error allowed John Butler to fire home.
Synners equalised when Matthew Crust shot home after a defensive mix-up from just inside the area.
Six minutes later, the winner came when Jordan Wilson crossed a great ball to the back post for Macaulay Langstaff to fire home.
Chester-le-Street had an impressive 3-1 win against Washington and opened the scoring at Nissan after 11 minutes with a penalty from Craig Marron, after Daniel Bedding was fouled in the box.
Washington’s Andrew Brown received his marching orders in the 30th minute for a dangerous tackle, however it did not prevent the home side equalising when Glen Lane scored right on half-time after a defensive mix-up.
However, the Cestrians scored two goals in six minutes to win it. David Surrey finished from close range after 61 minutes and Surrey struck again from close range six minutes later.
Seaham Red Star survived a scare against Second Division strugglers Esh Winning, progressing 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw.
South Shields were easy 4-0 winners at Norton and Stockton Ancients.
Dillon Morse, with two goals either side of half-time, put Shields into a 2-0 lead, and further goals from David Carson and Ben Riding completed the scoring.
Brandon United and Dunston UTS fought out a 1-1 draw before the home side won through 3-1 on penalties.
Daniel Quine opened the scoring on 48 minutes for United, but Dale Burrell equalised with 13 minutes to go and the match went to a penalty shoot-out.
Shildon were comfortable 4-0 winners at home to Second Division Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.
Four goals in the first half were enough to see off the visitors, with Paul Connor, Lewis Wing (2) and Billy Greulich-Smith grabbing the goals.
Stockton Town were impressive again with a 3-0 win over Darlington 1883 Reserves.
Two-goal Kallum Hannah led the way, with Chris Stockton adding a third from a good left-wing cross.
Wearside League side Hartlepool were 3-2 winners over Northern League Hebburn Town, holding on after racing three goals up with strikes from Kris Summers, Luke Naylor and Jamie Tumilty.
Pool were then awarded a penalty, but Tumilty missed it.
Hebburn came back well, through Channon North and Glen Hargrave, but Pool hung on for the win.
Whitley Bay lost 3-2 to Morpeth Town in the Northumberland Senior Cup.
Alex Kempster’s angled drive had Bay in front, but sub Joe Walton and two-goal ben Sayer turned the tie around before Callum Patton’s 30-yard free-kick threw Bay a late lifeline.
Newcastle Benfield lost 2-0 to Bedlington Terriers., with Lee Scott and David Halliday on target. Team Northumbria won 2-0 at West Allotment Celtic.