Six clubs in Northumberland kicked off the season with an Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie on Saturday, with each team receiving a share of £2,250 from The Football Association.
Northern League champions Morpeth Town asserted dominance at Goole with a stunning 5-1 victory – most notably Jackson Ward creating history for The Highwaymen with a goal to make him the sixth youngest FA Cup scorer of all time, aged just 16 years and 313 days.
Elsewhere, Northumberland came out on top in West Yorkshire with success for Whitley Bay and Blyth AFC; The Seahorses edging NCEL Premier Division side Thackley 3-2 and Blyth AFC overcoming Glasshoughton Welfare 2-1 in Castleford to win their first-ever game in the competition.
North Shields met their match against tough opposition in the form of Consett at the Belle View Stadium, missing out by just a single goal at the death, whilst Ashington fell to a 2-0 away defeat against up-and-coming Knaresborough Town.
Newcastle Benfield and Heaton Stannington are scheduled to replay their ties on Wednesday 15 August after both drawing 1-1 against Stockton Town and Seaham Red Star respectively. West Auckland Town and Consett await in the Preliminary Round should they proceed in midweek.
Morpeth have drawn fellow Evostik Northern Premier Division side Marske United in the next round, Whitley Bay host either Barnoldswick Town or Billingham Synthonia and Blyth AFC are away at Knaresborough – all ties to be played on Saturday 25 August.
A list of full fixtures and results can be found on the FA’s website