Newton Aycliffe’s first ever FA Cup tie ended in a 7-2 defeat in front of a big crowd at the Moore Lane Sports Club. Billingham Synthonia opened the scoring after three minutes and were 5-0 up before the home side could muster a reply. “They were better organised and passed the ball with awesome fluency,” Aycliffe fan Colin McNeillie said after the game. The biggest shock of the day, though, was second division Whitehaven’s 3-0 win over Norton, who reached the third qualifying round last season before losing at home to FC United.
Two goals from Shildon’s Warren Byrne, top scorer for Aycliffe last season, knocked Consett out of the competition, Marc Walton replying for the visiting side. Whitley Bay came from a goal down at home to Bishop Auckland to go through 2-1 with strikes from Craig McFarlane and a first of the season for Lee Kerr. Ex-Newcastle United forward Paul Robinson scored his sixth goal in three games but his Jarrow Roofing side lost 2-1 to Guisborough Town, who’ll be at home to Shildon in the next round. A last-minute Alex Benjamin goal denied Chester-le-Street an upset victory against South Shields, while a single goal from Keith Graydon put Spennymoor Town into the September 3rd’s preliminary round. Next up for the champions are Sunderland RCA, 7-0 winners at home to Birtley Town, with Andrew Jennings scoring the first goal and Gavin Barton the first hat-trick of this season’s competition.
In the five Northern League games to take place, Washington continued their surprisingly impressive start to the season with a 4-0 win at Seaham Red Star, putting Richie Latimer’s young side top of the league with nine points from their opening three games. Unbeaten Alnwick Town are second after a 4-3 win at Thornaby. Highly fancied Team Northumbria won their first game of the season with a 5-0 thumping of Horden CW.
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Bedlington 1 Whickham 0
Chester-le-Street 1 South Shields 1
Crook Town 2 Billingham Town 6
Gillford Park 1 Hebburn 2
Jarrow Roofing 1 Guisborough 2
Newton Aycliffe 2 Billingham Synthonia 7
Penrith 1 North Shields 1
Ryton and Crawcrook 0 Ashington 1
Shildon 2 Consett 1
Spennymoor Town 1 EshWinning 0
Stokesley 1 Newcastle Benfield 6
Tow Law 1 Marske United 2
West Allotment 1 Northallerton 1
West Auckland 2 Dunston 2
Whitehaven 3 Norton 0
Whitley Bay 2 Bishop Auckland 1
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Darlington RA 0 Brandon 2
Easington 2 Morpeth 2
Team Northumbria 5 Horden 0
Thornaby 3 Alnwick 4
Washington 4 Seaham Red Star 0
In the Wearside League there were big wins for champions Ryhope and Kirkbymoorside, who trounced league newcomers Silksworth 8-1. Fellow new boys Gateshead Leam Rangers fared better, deservedly leaving Coxhoe with all three points. A Peterlee side “depleted by due to the Tyne-Wear derby, injuries and work commitments” drew 2-2 at Wolviston despite conceding a penalty and playing with only one recognised defender.
Annfield Plain 0 Belford House 3
Coxhoe 0 Gateshead 1
Darlington 1 Jarrow 2
Hartlepool 1 Cleator Moor 0
Redcar 2 Boldon 0
Silksworth 1 Kirkbymoorside 8
Stockton 1 Sunderland West End 2
Willington 0 Ryhope 5
Wolviston 2 Peterlee 2
Things were no calmer over in the Alliance, where Carlisle City and Harraby Catholic Club sit joint top of the table with 100% records from their first three games. In the battle of the Northern League reserve teams Ashington Colliers inflicted a first defeat of the season on Whitley Bay ‘A’. Champions Ponteland suffered a 5-0 defeat at Blyth Town, while struggling Percy Main Amateurs lost 5-2 at home to an impressive Heaton Stannington side. Full results for all three divisions can be viewed here.