Dazzler Denver inspires City’s Vase progress

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DURHAM City quickly bounced back from their FA Cup exit to make progress to the FA Carlsberg Vase’s second qualifying round on Saturday.

Hosts Tow Law held their own until the 52nd minute when Denver Morris struck, but from then on, Adam Furness’s side took charge and further goals flowed from Joe Hughes and Matt Scott (penalty) for a 3-0 win and a trip to Guisborough on September 21.

There’s no stopping Second Division high-fliers Birtley Town, who walloped visitors Tadcaster Albion 4-1, with another excellent performance.

Daniel Taggart (2), Matthew Fisher and Mark Brereton had them four up before Richard Batley responded.

Chester-le-Street and Seaham Red Star both lost by the same 4-1 margin.

Despite taking the lead with a 14th-minute Tony Healer penalty, the Cestrians went out to Newcastle Benfield, who had Ian Balmain, Stephen Baptist, Paul Brayson and Greg Holliday on target.

Red Star faced a formidable challenge against First Division leaders Marske United, the only side with a 100 per cent record.

After conceding a first-minute goal to Austin Johnston, it was an uphill battle which Seaham never looked like winning as Johnston, Brian Stewart and John Alexander made it four before Shaun Reay converted a late penalty consolation.

Willington just edged Northallerton 4-3 in an extra-time thriller at Hall Lane – after trailing 3-0. The 27th-minute dismissal of Darren Kokes rocked the visitors, and Willington capitalised to level through Corey Nicholson (2) and Adam Pinkney, who then grabbed the extra-time winner.

Esh Winning were well beaten, 3-0 by Yorkshire visitors Liversedge, with Gibril Bojang (2) and Billy Grogan netting.

After leaking a fourth-minute goal, Billingham Synthonia recovered to defeat Hall Road Rangers 3-1, courtesy of David Alderson, James Magowan and Nathan Porritt.

Ian Dunn’s hat-trick was the feature of West Allotment Celtic’s 4-3 win over Stokesley SC.