In their re-arranged Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round clash on Saturday, Toolstation Western League side Bradford Town survived an early red-card to goalkeeper Charlie Phillips, producing an excellent performance to defeat Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) outfit Newport (IoW) 1-0.
With less than 30 minutes on the clock, Phillips was sent-off after being adjudged to have handled the ball outside the area, leading to player-manager Dan Greaves stepping in between the sticks for over an hour of the tie.
With the game heading into the final 10 minutes, Bradford made the vital breakthrough with Mark Wall scoring for the ten-men to spark joyous scenes from players and fans alike.
Ebac Northern League First Division Marske United joined Stockton Town in the last sixteen when they easily beat Midland League Division One side Hinckley AFC 5-0.
The game was switched to Billingham Town because Marske’s ground was unfit, and the better playing surface clearly suited Marske, who swept into a four-goal half-time lead.
Manager Carl Jarrett said; “We bossed the game from the first minute, and the attitude of the players was fantastic. We were very clinical when the chances came along.”
Adam Wheatley fired them into an early lead, then after Hinckley had a man sent-off for a last man foul, they went 2-0 up through a Craig Gott penalty.
Leon Carling and Chay Liddle made it 4-0 before half-time, and in a low key second half, Michael Roberts scored the fifth.
Marske are now at home to Bradford Town.
However, Marske`s league rivals Newcastle Benfield agonisingly went out on penalties at Midland League Premier Division Coleshill Town.
Benfield took the lead in stoppage time at the end of normal time, but Coleshill quickly levelled and won the shoot-out 4-2.