Sunderland RCA suffered the heartbreak of conceding an added-time winner to Guisborough Town in last night’s FA Cup extra preliminary round replay.
Danny Earl was an early marksman for the hosts, but Martin Swales’ side hit back and fully deserved to be ahead at the hour mark, thanks to strikes from Callum Hope and Adam Drysdale.
Curtis Coppen restored parity on 64 minutes and, with time running out, a penalty shoot-out was looming – but, in the 91st minute, man of the match Stephen Snaith snatched a dramatic winner for Guisborough, who next host Newcastle Benfield in the preliminary round on August 29.
Bishop Auckland defeated neighbours Shildon 4-2 in another thrilling tie.
After going two goals up courtesy of Andrew Johnson and Ian Ward, the Two Blues were pegged back by Mark Hudson and Lewis Wing.
Bishops mounted a strong second-half challenge and the outstanding Johnson completed his hat-trick to clinch a surprise, but deserved victory – and a home tie against Jarrow Roofing in the next round.
Another Andrew Johnson was Ashington’s matchwinner at Bradford club Albion Sports. He netted on 89 minutes in a 3-2 victory, with Dylan Williamson and Michael Bell the Colliers’ other marksmen.
Steve Harmison’s side will be at home to Yorkshire outfit Thackley in the next round.
In the Ebac Northern League Second Division, Durham City lost 2-1 at Morpeth Town, who have moved to the top of the table as a result.
Ben Sayer and Michael Chilton were on target for the hosts, with Callum Patton replying for Ian Chandler’s side.
An only goal by Dale Pearson earned West Allotment Celtic their first points of the season at the expense of Norton and Stockton Ancients and although Andrew Murray Jones gave Penrith a fifth-minute lead, the Cumbrians succumbed 3-1 to North Shields, for whom Benjamin Richardson (2) and Jordan Summerby netted.
In Division Two, Crook Town easily saw off old rivals Tow Law Town, winning 3-0 thanks to strikes by Andrew Wright, Jonathan Kemp and Scott Duggan (pen).
Whickham were another side to lose heavily, 4-1 at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion for whom Ryan Burnyeat and Scott Gunn each bagged a brace after Jack Moulding had given the visitors an early advantage.
Stokesley SC prop up the table and have conceded no fewer than 21 goals in four games.