WEEKEND ROUND-UP

There were mixed fortunes for our teams in the weekend’s extra preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Nine teams are through to the next round:  Bishop Auckland, Sunderland RCA, Newcastle Benfield, Ashington, Heaton Stannington, Carlisle City, Seaham Red Star, West Allotment Celtic and Whickham.

And there’s a replay at Tow Law tomorrow after their draw at Tadcaster Albion.  The Lawyers had to play more than an hour with outfielder Kurt Seymour in goal after Tom Orton was clattered by a Tadcaster player and needing hospital treatment for a head injury.

Carlisle City’s match was the first time they have played an FA Cup tie for 42 years and Bishop Auckland have yet to concede a goal this season, but the stand-out performance was RCA’s victory over former Ebac Northern League team Hebburn Town.

Manager Steve Riley said: “We played really well.  We worked on a different formation to play Hebburn.  It was a bit of a gamble but it worked for us.  By half-time it could have been 3-0.

“For the second half we were playing up the bank and it could have been backs-to-the-wall but we still managed to play well and hit them on the break.  They got back into it at 2-1 and they had a 10-minute spell that we had to weather before we got the third.

“From 1-11 all the lads were fantastic.”

But for the next couple of weeks RCA will be concentrating on the getting some league points on the board before turning their attention back to the cup in the week leading up to the next round which is on August 20 and the ties involving our teams are:

Tadcaster Albion/Tow Law Town v Ashington

West Allotment Celtic v Workington

Newcastle Benfield v Shildon

Carlisle City v Goole

Bishop Auckland v Kendal Town

North Shields v Seaham Red Star

Heaton Stannington v North Ferriby

Whickham v Sunderland RCA.

Second Division:

In the battle of the new boys, Boro Rangers came out on top in their match against Prudhoe YC Seniors with an 81st minute goal by Paul Blake.  They top the division but have played a game more than Billingham Town who ran out 5-0 winners at Willington with goals by Robbie Bird and a brace each for Jack Pounder and Leighton Harris, making it two wins out of two for Town.

Durham Challenge Cup:  Crook Town have been expelled from this season’s Durham Challenge Cup by the Durham FA due to crowd incidents during last season’s quarter final and final in the competition.