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Eccleshill United pull off miracle FA Vase win
Eccleshill United beat overwhelming odds to knock traditional cup battlers Bishop Auckland out of the FA Vase 3-1.
The Eagles hosted the Northern League outfit in this first qualifying round tie and took a very early lead when Marcus Edwards scored after just two minutes.
But they were then reduced to ten men in the eighth minute after Jackson Patillo was red-carded for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
Bishops went in at the interval on level terms after Kieran McGann’s strike just before the break. But late goals from Daniel Mann and Drake Trease saw the ten men deservedly through.
Eccleshill football chairman Adrian Benson said: “We were down to ten men for 82 minutes and we lost our captain to injury, so all things considered it was a very good performance and we are very happy.
“The boys have done us proud because Bishop Auckland are a very good side. They are also lovely people. It was a pleasure to have them here and they said the best team on the day won.”
Liversedge also made home advantage pay in what looked a tough tie as they went through 2-1 at the expense of Colne.
The North West Counties top-tier outfit, league rivals of Silsden, were seen as favourites.
But Sedge paid no heed to that and opened the scoring through Warwick Charlton midway through the first half.
Matthew Bugg doubled the home side’s advantage and Ben Hoskins’ goal in the penultimate minute proved nothing more than a consolation for Colne.
Thackley will be joining their two neighbours in the second qualifying round after romping to a 5-1 victory at Darlington Railway Athletic.
The hosts went in front from a penalty but the Dennyboys were 3-1 up by the break and eased through with two unanswered second-half goals.
Matt Mathers bagged a brace and Luke Richardson, Matt Morgan – also from the spot – and Mike Garrod all weighed in.
Extra time did the other two local clubs involved in the first qualifying round no favours as both Albion Sports and Silsden bowed out.
Albion seemed to be cruising at 2-0 up but Karl Hall, who had scored both those first-half goals, was soon limping off to take no further part.
Visitors Billingham Synthonia had Matthew Osmond and Michael Sweet on target to draw level and Sweet hit the winner in the second period of extra time.
Four of the six goals in Silsden’s 4-2 home defeat to North Shields came in the extra period.
Gareth Bainbridge had given Shields an early lead but Andrew Hill netted an 86th-minute Cobbydalers equaliser.
Bainbridge went on to complete a hat-trick and Dean Walker hit the other for the visitors.
Kristian Hargreaves netted Silsden’s second goal minutes after they had been reduced to ten men, Josh McNulty seeing red in the 112th minute.