THE Vane Arms were minutes away from defeat in normal time at Norton Red Lion, but an amazing overhead kick by Graeme Thornton made it 2-2 to take their Durham County Sunday Cup’s third preliminary round clash tie to extra time.
Lion had led 2-0, but Ian Donkin hit Vane’s first. Norton regained the lead in extra time, but “Nelly” Wright smashed home a glorious equaliser.
The tie was settled by a luckless bulleted header from Donkin past his own keeper.
Ryhope Top House recorded a great 6-2 win at Chester-le-Street AFC, with Connor Slee’s hat-trick backed by Birnie (2) and Young.
Myers had an easy tie, outgunning Bishop Auckland Sports Bar 8-2.
Mark Dugdale plundered a hat-trick, supported by Stephen Moody’s brace, plus efforts from Canavan, Thompson and Mould.
Ryan McCollin went from hero to zero as he scored a thunderbolt for South Hylton Potters but later saw red and got his marching orders. Neil Willis popped up with the winner to sink Shotton Builders Warehouse 2-1.
RCA Grangetowhn Florists warmed up for their All England Sunday Cup tie tomorrow, by recording a 4-1 win at Yarm George and Dragon.
Goal machine Andy Place and John Turvey had them two up before Dragon replied, but Martin Metcalfe’s double sealed the deal.
Stephen Devlin scored TEF RA’s consolation goal as Washington Cross Keys came out on top 2-1 in a tight affair.
Ryhope CW advanced with an easy 3-0 win at Chester Whitehills, thanks to goals from Benson and Anth Rogerson (2).
H In the Total Sport Challenge Trophy, Silksworth Paragon edged a 1-0 win against a good Thorney Close Inn side, with youngster Kurt Jenkins bagging the decisive goal.
Briggs and Noble were the respective star men.