Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nine-Man Norton Snatch Vase Win; Northern League

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nine-Man Norton Snatch Vase Win; Northern League

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NORTON had two men sent off but still snatched a stoppage time winner to beat Irlam 4-3 in a pulsating FA Vase clash.

The Ancients - who reached the quarter-finals of the minnows' national knockout last term - let slip a commanding lead as the red cards started to fly and with nine men leaking a leveller, but they clawed back to win a dramatic second round clash deep in injury-time.

They went ahead early on with a Jamie Clarke header then after a bright spell got a second as Clarke sent Danny Earl racing through for a second on 25 minutes.

The Manchester-based visitors pulled one back through Palmer but Jamie Clarke restored the margin before the break.

But after the interval Norton lost their heads. First Shaun Clarke was sent off along with Irlam's Fluery after a flare-up on 69 minutes, then soon afterwards Nathan Mulligan saw red for a two-footed tackle.

And as Norton unravelled Mitten scored twice to pull Irlam level and they almost snatched it before Norton engineered a 92nd minute winner, Earl teeing up Craig Gott to hammer it in.

Billingham Synthonia also went into today's third round draw after they came from behind to beat Stokesley 3-1 in a derby clash.

Stokesley started well and went ahead on 19 minutes as Lev Yalcin latched onto a defensive mistake to get into the box and rifle home.

But Synners stepped up a gear after the break and soon clawed it back on 53 minutes as James Magowan headed home a Colin Iley cross.

The pair combined again on 70 minutes as Iley touched on for Magowan to burst into the box and hammer in the second.

And then Magowan returned the favour five minutes later, setting up Iley to smash in off the post.

Marske United went out after losing a lively tie 4-3 after extra-time away to Leeds Carnegie.

The Seasiders - quarter-finalists in the last two seasons - came from two down to level before the game swung against them as they missed a late penalty then in extra-time Carnegie scored a disputed one.

They leaked an early own goal off Dom Gamble then student side Carnegie added a second through Hawthorne before the break. …

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