Second Division Hendon Athletic produced a massive cup shock as they dumped Premier outfit Silksworth Paragon out of the League Cup.
Ex Sunderland player Martin “Son of Pele” Smith donned his boots to inspire Hendon, who got off to an excellent start through a thunderbolt from Shaun “Gunner” Graham. Bri Carter made it 2-0 with a trademark penalty, but Luke Saunders rallied Paragon.
Sub Andy Middleton caused major problems for Athletic with his driving runs, but Hendon increased their lead after another fine move, Graham capitalising on a mistake by keeper Joe Thompson.
Paragon ended the game well and Saunders’ second goal ensured a tight finish, but Athletic held firm, inspired by Glenn Bosher and outstanding goalkeeping by Craig Chapman to reach the last 16.
Ashbrooke Sports Club are in the hat enjoyed a hard-fought 3-2 win over Premier club Hylton Castle TWR.
John Hope-Hindmarsh proved his worth with the opening goal and defender Lewis Gibson was an unlikely scorer, finding the net twice to give Ashbrooke a 3-0 half-time lead.
TWR came out fighting and Marc Moon pulled one back. The game changed when Tom Callaghan was introduced and he had a hand in Moon’s second. But home keeper Kevin Kirtley made a string of excellent saves to ensure the upset win at 3-2.
The Ashbrooke handed The Stella their first defeat of the season with an epic 5-4 away win.
Stella took the game to their Premier counterparts and fired four past Jonathan Kilner in the Ashbrooke goal, courtesy of James McKenna, Ross Topping and a double from Gavin Teasdale.
But experience shone through for Ashbrooke, who had Peter Greenwell hitting two then Scott Hembrough, Dean Smith and Mark Wasey edging them home.
Farringdon ISL demolished New Town in a 10-0 romp. Star man Luke Page grabbed five goals in an excellent display up front.
Luke Richardson (2), Vojtech Kobylka, Ryan March and Richard Maughan completing the rout.
A depleted Lansdowne side were still too strong for plucky Park View, running out 4-0 winners.
Tom Smith’s galacticos produced a fine display, with Dean Gordon (2), Luke Taylor and Dean Afzal scoring. Daniel Nkemjika shone for View.
SR Dons brushed Ryhope Foresters aside in a 6-1 win, with James Douglas starring.
Chris Trueman, Ross Gardner, Paul Terrell, Keiron McDonald and Denver Morris (2) won the day. Anth Young slightly reduced the deficit for with a fine effort.
TC Plastics bounced back from their disappointing display the previous week to produce a devastating 8-0 win over The Promenade.
Star man Josh Farquhar got his shooting boots back on and grabbed a hat-trick.
Luke Bell scored twice before Leighton Stephenson, Andrew Morris and Paul Stokoe found the net. Paul Muir shone for Promenade.
Washington New Tavern came close to knocking out Myers, but the hosts progressed in a shoot-out.
The game finished 3-3, with Liam Lay firing a brace for Myers and star man Glen Lane hitting their third.
Martin Harrison was in top form for Tavern, grabbing a double, with Nathan Coomber also scoring. The keepers earned their stripes and both saved spot-kicks, but Myers won 2-1 on penalties. Poor New Town just weren’t in the game. Lewis Holland was their top man.
David Snowdon hit a hat-trick for Oddies, but Washington Colliery were too strong and hit their visitors for six. Jordan Stevens earned the man-of-the-match award after firing four goals, backed by Davey Mould and Andy McIntyre.
Mathew Brotherston and Andrew Archer fired AFC Wearside into the next round with a 2-0 win over Millfield Free Gardeners Arms.
Hard-working Niall Quinn was star man for Wearside, with Gardeners keeper Alex Davies in fine form to keep the score down.
Victoria Gardens enjoyed another romp, routing nine-man The Royal Marine 9-0.
Stephen “Nelly” Wright grabbed a hat-trick from defence, followed by a Kieron Moan brace. Thomas Hackett got his first goal for the club and Callum Hope, Kade Tyrell and Martin Hope also found the net. Peter Marshall was outstanding for Marine.
Jolly Potters eased through with a comfortable 4-1 win over Willow Pond. Anthony Stubbs and Paul Webster started the scoring, with Lewis Dodd and Bradley O’Keeffe making it four. Brid Thompson responded.
Pennywell Comrades claimed an easy 2-0 at Martin Telfer Carpets. Paul Corlett got both goals, with Gavin Bradford star man. Trotter shone for Telfer.
Mill View CIU gave a good account of themselves, but RCA Grangetown Florists’ quality shone through as they won 6-2.
Sean Lynch scored for Mill View early on, but Andy Place replied. RCA got in front through Simon Heptinstall and they took control, with Martin Jackson, Shaun Petch and a double from James Witheat. Stephen Conlin replied late on, with Joe Lincoln Mill’s top man.
Sunderland Railway Club led Board Inn with Ross Taylor’s goal. But Board’s introduction of tricky Micky Wharton turned the game on its head, as he bagged a double to snatch victory. Paul Carr starred for Railway.