Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

IT was another good day for the STL Northern League in the FA Carlsberg Vase.

Wins for Dunston UTS and Billingham Synthonia took the number of teams in the last 16 to an impressive five with at least one guaranteed a place in the quarter finals.

Following a disappointing performance at Wisbech Town, Dunston fully deserved to win the replay when man-of-the-match Andrew Bulford (2) and Stephen Goddard struck.

Wisbech had Anthony Reeve sent off after 37 minutes but by then Billy Irwin's side were two goals in front. They went three ahead before Chris Bacon claimed a consolation for the visitors.

Billingham Synthonia were in Cheshire for their replay at Runcorn Town, where goals from David Abel and Danny Earl had them comfortable until Jason Carey threw the outcome wide open with his 85th-minute strike.

Synners held on and join Dunston, Ashington, Whitley Bay and West Auckland Town in the next stage.

West Auckland's anticipated easy victory over Jarrow Roofing didn't materialise but they still edged home to retain pole position in the First Division.

The leaders were shocked by Calvin McMahon's second-minute strike but then went three goals up through Mattie Moffat (2), Stephen Brown and Michael Rae before McMahon claimed his second goal.

Whitley Bay were taken to the wire by Penrith before winning 2-1. Robert Bowman gave the Cumbrians a first-half lead and after Robbie Dale levelled, the game was into the last minute before Paul Chow hit the winner.

Sunderland RCA are third after they could only draw with improving Consett, for whom David Scorer and Anthony Lund cancelled out earlier strikes from Joe Walton and Glen Robson.

Spennymoor Town are also in contention and, following a heavy defeat in their previous game, bounced back at the expense of Marske United. …

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