Railwaymen keep on right track for Vase glory run

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SHILDON were the Ebac Northern League’s only winners in Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Vase fourth round ties, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The Railwaymen dominated for long periods against Bristol side Bitton and fully deserved a 2-0 victory.

Robbie Briggs fired them in front on 25 minutes, but they failed to double the lead when they were awarded a 55th-minute penalty for a handling offence against Hanin Romohane, who was red-carded.

Briggs’s spot-kick was saved, but five minutes later Shildon were given a second penalty and this time Mark Hudson put the ball into the top of the net.

Shildon will travel to Suffolk side Brantham Athletic, conquerors of Whitley Bay, in the last 16.

Whitley enjoyed a lot of possession but failed to find a way past Brantham goalkeeper Ryan Bedingfield, who made numerous outstanding saves.

The only goal came in extra time when David Grimwood found the net in a goalmouth scramble.

Ashington went out 3-2 to Bodmin Town in Cornwall.

Glyn Hobbs was an early marksman for the home side, but Glen Taylor levelled with a penalty. Bodmin, though, established a two-goal lead courtesy of Steve Colwell and Adam Carter.

In the second minute of added time, Mattie Grieve gave Ashington a glimmer of hope, but Bodmin held on.

Spennymoor Town’s home tie with Lordswood was again postponed and a third attempt will be made to stage the game at the Brewery Field on Saturday, when Dunston UTS will travel to Tunbridge Wells after their game was also called off.

All games affecting Wearside League teams were called off and the entire Ebac Northern League programme was also postponed because of the snow.