Published 3rd March 2012
....home success for Staveley Miners Welfare.
Kent Hurlimann League side Herne Bay booked their place in the Semi-Finals after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division Shortwood United.
Bay had to play almost the entire game with ten-men after Dave Soutan saw red inside the opening minute for a heavy challenge on ex-Cheltenham Town favourite John Finnigan.
However, goals from Byron Walker on the hour-mark and Steve Hanson 10 minutes from time saw Bay through.
Herne Bay are the first Kent side to reach the last four since eventual-winners Deal Town's run under the mercurial Tommy Sampson in 1999/00
Two goals in second half stoppage time saw Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division side Bournemouth Poppies crash out of the Vase against STL Northern League leaders West Auckland Town.
The home underdogs had held the visitors and Vase favourites for 90 minutes but Michael Rae put the visitors in front after Fawzi Saadi had been sent-off for the home side.
Then, just moments after Rae's opener, Mattie Moffat put West Auckland 2-0 up to end the Poppies' Wembley dream.
The ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League's best season in the Vase for many years came to an end as its two survivors both exited on Saturday.
St Ives Town lost 3-0 at Baris Northern Counties East League Premier Division Staveley MW, whose marksmen were Ryan Danns after 36 minutes and Jordan Hall after 70 and 86.
Peterborough Northern Star suffered the heartbreak of a 4-3 extra-time defeat at home to fancied Northern Leaguers Dunston UTS.
Skipper Jimmy Dean's stunning 30-yard strike after 20 minutes gave Star a fine start but they were pegged back 8 minutes later by Andy Bulford's free-kick.
Dunston had the better of the second half but were unable to make the breakthrough and in the first minute of extra-time Karl Gibbs restored Star's advantage with a far post header from a Jamie Graham centre.
With a minute remaining in the first half of extra-time Ben Cattenach's free header from a corner squared the contest.
Dunston sub Kane Young's close range header put the visitors ahead for the first time after 109 minutes but 2 minutes later Avelino Vieira headed Star on terms from another free-kick.
Bulford won it in the 120th minute, running clear of a tiring defence to slot home the decider.