Newcomers Seaham Red Star Reserves were probably the underdogs in Saturday’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup tie at Silksworth CW – but they rose to occasion and won a seven-goal thriller in extra time.
Craig Hutchinson gave Red Star, beaten on the same Silksworth ground by Ashbrooke Belford House last weekend, a morale-boosting ninth-minute lead, then, after Kevin Storey levelled midway during the opening half, Paul Atkinson fired Star in front for a second time on the hour.
It was nip and tuck and, when Scott Noble levelled at 2-2, the tie went into extra time.
James Murphy made it 3-2 in Seaham’s favour only for the hosts to level for a third time courtesy of Rob Paul.
With time running out, and a penalty shoot-out on the horizon, Hutchinson became Star’s star turn when he snatched the winner with his second goal of the afternoon.
Sunderland West End have scored 12 goals in three games, but they made their exit at Hartlepool, who managed four in another tie which produced a 4-3 result.
Mark Catcheside and John Price quickly had Anth Nelson’s West End team two up, but Pool turned the tables and led 4-2 by the 62nd minute thanks to Lee Jones (pen), Terry Wilkinson, Danny Butler and Matty Gardner.
Although Barry Turton threw West End a lifeline on 87 minutes, the Wearsiders were unable to take the tie into extra time.
Horden CW enjoyed a four-goal romp at home to Wolviston, scoring twice in each half. Andrew Hall bagged a brace for Keith Brown’s side, with David Halliday and Michael Pattison also beating goalkeeper Daniel Davies.
Newcomers Murton succumbed 2-1 to Harton and Westoe CW, whose matchwinners were James Talbot and Shaun Carroll.
Debutant Liam Appleby reduced the arrears on 75 minutes, but the South Tynesiders held on.
Spennymoor Town Reserves never recovered from conceding three goals to Stockton Town’s Tony Johnson (2) and Chris Dunwell.
Adam Nicholson did cut the arrears, but, after having James Leeds sent off on 71 minutes, Moors leaked a fourth goal to Max Craggs. Richard Thompson’s strike came much too late to prevent Moors’ 4-2 defeat to the holders.
Jarrow roared home at Annfield Plain, where they went nap thanks to efforts from Brodie Simpson (2), Paul Trosh, John Murray and Reece Moore.
The tie was marred by four red cards as both teams ended with nine men. Plain had Jay McGough and Michael Bell sent off, while Jarrow’s Oliver Bone and Peter Kane were also dismissed by busy ref Ian Freeland.
Boldon CA comfortably saw off Leam Rangers when Adam Sharpe, James Pickering and Josh Houghton all beat goalkeeper Connor Hawkins in a 3-0 victory.
In the league, it was not a happy afternoon for Ashbrooke Belford House.
The Wearsiders’ result at much-fancied Redcar Athletic was decided in the opening 45 minutes when the ruthless Seasiders scored five times through Michael Woodhouse (2), Adam Preston (2) and Lewis Wood.
Lee Owens hit a consolation goal for Ashbrooke, but, on 51 minutes, they went down to 10 men with the dismissal of David Scott. Redcar, though, could not capitalise on their man advantage and the match ended 5-1.
Leigh Dunn, with a brace, Callum Birdsall, Luke Close and Rhys Liddle swept Cleator Moor Celtic to a 5-0 win over Prudhoe Town, while Greg Quayle (2) and Kevin Connolly were Whitehaven’s marksmen in the 3-3 draw with Richmond Town, for whom Josh Gardner (2) and Mark Simms replied.