Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor Town carry North East hopes into the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Bishops edged home 1-0 away to Evo-Stik League side Farsley Celtic to enter today’s draw, just one more win away from a place in the first round proper and a potential tie against clubs like Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers,
The crucial goal came in the 36th minute, when Priestley Griffiths took a pass from striker Andrew Johnson, in a speedy breakaway, and volleyed past goalkeeper Graham McKibbin.
Keeper Ed Wilczynski made a tremendous, late save to confirm Bishops’ success.
Matchwinner Griffiths tweeted: “What a win ... never been so happy to score a winning goal.”
Spennymoor also progressed by a single goal, sinking National League North visitors Chorley 1-0.
However, they had to do it the hard way, with 10 men for nearly an hour, after Chris Mason was shown a straight red card for a foul.
Glen Taylor fired Moors in front after a deep cross from Robert Ramshaw found him unmarked and his header found the corner of the net, beating keeper Sam Ashton.
Morpeth Town were beaten 3-0 at National League North strugglers Altrincham.
Damien Reeves headed the opener, and Sean Miller finished off a fine Phil Marsh cross to double the lead, before Simon Richman tapped in after keeper Karl Dryden saved the initial shot.
In Division Two of the Ebac Northern League, Easington Colliery stayed fourth after an excellent 4-1 win at Alnwick Town.
Jack Pounder opened the scoring on 20 minutes, with a shot past goalkeeper Dominic McMahon from close range.
Two minutes later, they doubled their lead when Joe Kerridge’s shot from inside the box found the net.
Pounder made it 3-0 with a firm strike before the break, and Kerridge also notched his second, cutting through the defence to net on 65 minutes.
Alnwick scored a late consolation goal when Josh Hay scored at the near post.
Durham City’s home clash with Billingham Synthonia at Consett was controversially postponed, because of a waterlogged pitch. City trained on the pitch for more than an hour without problems following the call-off.
Norton & Stockton Ancients lost 1-0 at leaders Team Northumbria, Daniel Taggart heading home Ben Dibb-Fuller’s cross on 70 minutes.
Billingham Town held Stockton Town to a 1-1 draw, dropping their visitors down to second place. Steven Oakley headed home a corner for Billingham’s opener, but Callum Hallan ran through the defence to level with 16 minutes to go.
In Division One, Shildon kept in touch with the leaders after they won 5-1 at Dunston UTS.
They opened the scoring after just three minutes through Lewis Wing’s shot, but Malky Morien soon equalised from close range.
However, after 19 minutes Billy Greulich-Smith fired home and James Harwood headed home at the far post for 3-1.
David Ferguson and Lewis Dobbs completed the scoring.
Consett shared the points in a six-goal thriller at Guisborough.
Daniel Craggs, with a 20-yard free kick, Lewis Teasdale and Luke Sullivan, heading home unchallenged late on, struck for the Steelmen, with Matty Pennal firing a hat-trick for the hosts, who have had three points deducted.
Guisborough’s Gary Wood was sent off after the final whistle for dissent.
Ashington had a narrow 1-0 win over West Allotment Celtic, Ben Sampson slotting home from close range.
Newton Aycliffe stayed third, after they won 3-2 at home to Newcastle Benfield. Dennis Knight bagged a hat-trick, which included a penalty, a lob and 25-yarder.