Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Ebac Northern League

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EBAC Northern League sides enjoyed considerable success against teams from other leagues in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Five went through to the next stage and only two - Team Northumbria and Celtic Nation fell by the wayside.

Perhaps the best performance was Esh Winning's defeat of Albion Sports in a six-goal thriller.

After taking the lead through Craig Mickle, Esh went 2-1 down as Carl Hall and Graeme Sides struck.

But just after the hour mark, Chris Smith converted a penalty for the equaliser, and late in the tie Mickle and Smith were again on target.

South Shields were awarded a penalty in the first minute at Yorkshire Amateur, and Lee Bell made no mistake from the spot, but another 75 minutes elapsed before Andy Barclay scored the decisive second goal.

It took a penalty by Danny Earl to ease Newton Aycliffe home at allconquering Willington, who boasted a 100% record in all competitions, and despite leading courtesy of Sam Garvie (2) and Ben Christensen, Shildon were taken to the wire when Liversedge twice replied.

Northallerton Town also won by the odd goal in five at Silsden where Adam Emson (2) and Stephen Butterword were their matchwinners. There was heartbreak for Team Northumbria at Pickering Town, where they conceded twice in added time.

Jed Dalton took advantage of a defensive mistake to give the Yorkshire side the lead but in the 88th minute, an own goal by Simon Sturdy looked like taking the tie into extra time. But in the 91st minute, Pickering were awarded a penalty for a handling offence and Liam Salt converted. There was still time for Joe Danby to score on the break and seal Team's fate. Carlisle-based Celtic Nation went out at Thackley, whose scorers were Nicky Matthews and Bruce Tiani.

There were eight all-Northern League ties which were all decided on the day. …

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