Bishops kill RCA’s F.A. Cup dream

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AFTER conceding a ninth-minute goal to Kyle Davis, Sunderland RCA held their own against Bishop Auckland in last night’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay at Meadow Park - but an 88th-minute strike by Adam Sakr ended their dream for another season.

In between the two goals, Bishops enjoyed a lot of pressure during the opening half, however, the Wearsiders rallied in the second and only a double save by goalkeeper Scott Pocklington denied them an equaliser.

Ashington comfortably saw off Holker Old Boys from Barrow with goals by Andrew Johnson (2) and Glen Taylor but Whitley Bay and Guisborough Town went out.

The Seahorses appealed in vain that Robbie Bird’s 89th-minute shot had gone over the line but the referee thought otherwise and immediately Ombene Duka scored the winner for Bridlington Town.

Callum Martin and Adam Gell netted for Guisborough Town at Armthorpe Welfare who took the tie into extra time with strikes from Adam Lee and Joe Lumsden. There were no further goals and the South Yorkshiremen went through 3-2 on penalties.

In the Ebac Northern League First Division, Durham City extended their winning start with a 2-1 victory over Crook Town at New Ferens Park.

A poor first half ended with Crook in front thanks to Keiran Weeks’ 31st-minute effort. The Citizens improved during the second 45 minutes and following Callum Hope’s equaliser, he set up Ollie Hotchkiss for the winner.

An only goal by David Coulson earned Dunston UTS their first points of the season at the expense of Jarrow Roofing who were unlucky not to take something from the game.

Jamie Owens, Liam O’Sullivan and Reece Kelly, with his 86th-minute strike, edged Marske United to victory at Celtic Nation who twice led through Dean Douglas and a Josh Myers’ own goal.

In Division Two, it was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show for Washington and Seaham Red Star.

On Sunday the Newtowners gave their best performance in years when they hammered Pickering Town 6-0 in the FA Cup but it was Ryhope CW who scored most of the goals at the Nissan Sports Complex.

They roared into a five-goals lead before the hour mark, courtesy of Andrew Appleby, with a brace, Michael Charlton, Richard Hodgson (pen) and Jack Pounder. Chris Winn and Mark Davison replied to make the scoreline a little more respectable.

Seaham Red Star also celebrated at the weekend with an FA Cup victory but they too were on the receiving end of a heavy 4-1 defeat at Thornaby whose marksmen were Curtis Edwards, Daniel Lambert (2) and Daniel Lofts. Sonny Andrews levelled right on the stroke of half time.

Team Northumbria, relegated last season, have made an excellent start and goals by Jak Morris, Ben Dibb-Fuller and Matthew Fisher earned them another three points at Billingham Town for whom Jack Taylor was credited with his team’s only goal.

Mark Simms’ 63rd-minute goal was sufficient for Darlington RA at home to Alnwick Town while Simon Ord, Scott Brassel (pen) and Michael Robson eased Tow Law Town to victory over Stokesley SC who twice led thanks to Shaun Macken and Connor Hood.

H A CROWD of 1,882 at Heritage Park saw Spennymoor Town lose to Darlington 1883 whose matchwinner was the former Whitby Town striker Graeme Armstrong. He opened the scoring with a superb volley from 18 yards and doubled the lead after half an hour, flicking on Terry Galbraith’s free kick.