Pontefract decapitate Northern League leaders

Joe Lumsden (centre) was one of Pontefract Collieries’ goal-scorers. Picture: @dribblingcode

Pontefract Collieries sprinted into the FA Cup first qualifying round with a stunning 4-0 victory at Northern League leaders Hebburn Town.

The victory continues a good run of results in the Cup this year for Yorkshire clubs against the might of financially-strong Northern League sides.

Northern League clubs are not used to Yorkshire sides winning in the North East so the defeat must have been a major shock to the system for Hebburn.

Pontefract will now host Glossop North End on Saturday, a tie that had been effectively booked by half-time. 

Connor Smythe’s header in the fifth minute set them on their way and Craig Parry’s men never looked back.

Spencer Clarke pounced upon on the ball from a set-piece to add the second before Joe Lumsden celebrated his fine goal.

After the break Hebburn pressed the self-destruct button as Michael Richardson saw red for a wild challenge on 

Layton Swaine piled further misery on Hebburn with his 92nd minute finish.

Brighouse Town did not enjoy the same rewards in the North East as they lost 3-2 at Morpeth Town, despite taking the lead twice.

Jack Lazenby and Kurt Harris’ goals got cancelled out in both halves before Morpeth won it with a strike 20 minutes from time.

Josh Schofield got Goole AFC’s goal as Dunston beat them 4-1.

Eccleshill United were beaten 3-1 at Glossop, despite taking the lead through Johnny Irving.

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