Ryhope CW, playing in the FA Cup for the first time in 43 years, were full value for a 1-1 draw at First Division Whitley Bay – and were only nine minutes from winning through.
Gary Pearson’s Second Division men led for more than an hour through Conor Winter’s early strike, and had chances to increase their lead, and there were only nine minutes left when Michael Laws forced a replay, finally getting the better of impressive keeper Chris Rookes, to ensure an attractive replay at Ryhope tomorrow night (7.30pm).
Dunston UTS – who have scored 18 goals in three games – were the biggest scorers as they hit hosts Crook Town for six.
The goals flowed from Andy Bulford, Adam Wilkinson, Daniel Smith, Steven Richardson, Daniel Halliday and Jonathan Kemp (own goal).
Heaton Stannington won in the competition for the first time in 61 years and will next play either Ryhope or Whitley Bay.
Jonathan Wright, Joe Wear and Adam Rowntree had Heaton firmly on top before Nick Martin claimed a consolation for Norton, who have sacked boss Adam Rundle after just three matches in charge.
Durham City, with manager Ian Chandler back from holiday, went out 3-1 at home to Thackley.
James Fairley gave the Citizens a second-half lead, but two goals in three minutes almost immediately afterwards had City on the back front. Thackley went on to win 3-1 with goals from Mike Jarrod (2) and Paul Whiteley.
Hebburn Town lost 3-1 to visitors Tadcaster Albion, Josh Allen grabbing a consolation.