Three teams from Northumberland have progressed through to the Qualifying Rounds of the FA Cup - receiving a bonus of £2,890 from The FA for their efforts in the Preliminary Round on Saturday afternoon.
It was an all Evostik affair at Craik Park for Morpeth Town as they hosted a mouthwatering tie against newly promoted Marske United. The highly competitive contest was decided by Michael Turner, who headed in the decisive goal on 77 minutes to guide The Highwaymen to a 1-0 victory.
Elsewhere, Whitley Bay hit North West Countries Premier side Barnoldswick Town for six with goals from Peter Glen-Ravenhill (2), Jack Foalle (2), Dan Taggart and Olly Martin - sending their opposition back to Lancashire with a 6-1 thumping in front of a crowd of 305.
Newcastle Benfield took revenge on West Auckland Town, who had beat them in the league just days prior, and reversed the score 1-0 in favour of The Lions thanks to Dale Pearson just after the hour mark.
Blyth AFC however, crashed out of the competition to NCEL Division One champions Knaresborough Town with a 5-1 defeat at Manse Lane – captain David Robinson’s late goal proving to be a mere consolation in North Yorkshire.
The next round draw sees Morpeth Town travel to Greater Manchester to play Ashton Athletic, whilst Whitley Bay and Newcastle Benfield also play tough opposition in the form of Northern Premier Division sides Whitby Town and Workington respectively – both ties to be played in the North East.
All FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round games will be played on Saturday 8 September with the full list of fixtures and results displayed on the FA’s website.