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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THE Ebac Northern League will have four teams in the fifth round of the FA Carlsberg Vase following wins for Sunderland RCA and Newton Aycliffe on Saturday.

The Wearsiders are through to the last 16 for the first time after a difficult tie with Sleaford Town at Meadow Park.

Ryan Oliver was an early marksman for the Lincolnshire team, but RCA went in ahead at the interval with strikes by Michael Charlton and Liam Hatch.

The visitors' second-half pressure was rewarded with a Brad Hockin equaliser and it took something special to win the game.

With the clock ticking down, Charlton collected the ball 35 yards out and lobbed Sleaford goalkeeper Phil McGann with an exquisite finish.

Sunderland now host Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday when Newton Aycliffe, 2-0 winners over Marske United with goals by Mattie Moffat and Stuart Banks, travel to Camberley Town.

Dunston UTS, who defeated Coleshill Town last week, are in Kent for their tie against Ashford United, while Morpeth Town or North Shields, whose fourth-round tie on Saturday was postponed, go to Berkhamsted.

A second attempt will be made to stage the mouth-watering game at Craik Park on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

The battle for the First Division championship is hotting up with no side clear favourites.

Shildon remain top after defeating Whitley Bay when Ben Wood and Anthony Bell (pen) were on target.

Guisborough Town are second, five points behind Shildon having played the same number of games. They had a narrow escape before defeating Jarrow Roofing 4-3. James Fairley rifled a hat-trick but ended on the losing side as Curtis Round and Connor Smith both struck twice for the visitors.

Morpeth Town are also five points behind Shildon and have four games in hand on the two leading sides, while Dunston UTS cannot be discounted. They kept alive their chances by defeating Durham City, with Malcolm Morien again among the goals, scoring twice. …

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