SUNDERLAND RCA’s dreams of a trip to Wembley were shattered at the seaside on Saturday when they were beaten by Bridlington Town in the first round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.
The home side went ahead on 35 minutes as Frank Bell drove a penalty past goalkeeper Jonathan Carmichael and, 17 minutes from the end, RCA’s hopes were just about ended when Craig Hogg was on target for 2-0.
Two Ebac Northern League sides were more successful against opponents from other competitions.
Jarrow Roofing reached the second round with goals by Liam McBryde and Andy Appleby against Nelson, while Tony Thirkell’s 85th-minute header proved to be Whickham’s matchwinner when Holker Boys Club were the visitors to The Glebe.
The tie of the round between in-form sides Newcastle Benfield and Marske United ended in the Tynesiders’ favour following an exhilarating extra-time contest.
Paul Brayson headed home after his penalty had been partially saved by Marske goalkeeper Dean Roberts.
Midway during the second half, Kerry Hedley levelled with a low drive past keeper Andrew Grainger.
Within five minutes, Stephen Baptist restored the advantage to Benfield with a clinical finish only for Harrison Davies to equalise when his long-range free-kick took a deflection past Grainger.
The tie went into extra time and it was the combination of Brayson and Baptist which won the day. Brayson released his colleague with a defence-splitting pass and Baptist drove low into the net.
South Shields were well beaten at West Auckland, who went nap with strikes by Stephen Richardson (2), Robert Briggs, Mattie Moffat and Liam Henderson.
A single goal by Michael Sweet was sufficient for Billingham Synthonia at home to Guisborough Town, while Morpeth Town won at Penrith courtesy of Andrew Keenan and Michael Chilton.
Willie Paul reduced Penrith’s deficit deep into added time but the Northumbrians held on.
Only one tie ended in a draw and Crook Town will have home advantage over North Shields at the Millfield on Wednesday night.
Crook took a two-goal lead through Chris Wallace and Craig Price. Dean Walker threw the Robins a lifeline but it took a last-minute penalty from Dean Holmes to earn Shields a second chance.