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Lee axed following Vase exit
BISHOP AUCKLAND manager Tony Lee paid the price for two poor performances in national cup competitions in the space of four days when he was sacked after the 3-1 defeat at ten-man Eccleshill in the FA Carlsberg Vase.
Lee apologised to the travelling supporters for what he described as “the worst performance by one of my teams in 15 years” and the club later announced that he had left by mutual consent.
Secretary John Stubbs said: “We have had two very bad cup defeats in the space of a week and we decided to make a sensible footballing decision.
There’s no panic, no crisis, nothing untoward, we just felt there needed to be a change.
“In the space of a fortnight, we seemed to have gone from being a very good side, to a very ordinary one, to a very poor one that lost to a team from a level below ourselves.
“At Eccleshill all the players were poor apart from the keeper. They have let Tony and the club down badly.”
Lee admitted that he was “very shocked” by the development.
“I was told the board thought I had lost the team, but I really thought I would have put things right. I got the job about a month before the start of the season, and had to replace six players who had left during the summer. I’m absolutely gutted.”
Bishops went a goal down after two minutes, and six minutes later Eccleshill had a man sent-off for a foul on Luke Bythway.
It took them until half-time to level through Kieran Megran, but Eccleshill recovered in the second half and regained the lead on 79 minutes.
And five minutes later the ten men scored another when Lee Bythway misjudged a back pass and Eccleshill took full advantage.
Bishops lost 2-0 to Guisborough in a midweek FA Cup replay.
Crook Town had a comfortable 6-2 win at Pickering, even though they had only 12 fit players.
Manager Gary Pearson said: “When we arrived their fans had written us off because of the injuries and that was my team talk sorted.”
Pickering took the lead after six minutes through Nathan Cook from a header, but Kyle Davis equalised.
Warren Byrne lobbed the keeper to put Crook back into the lead, and then Pickering equalised through Joe Danby.
But Crook produced a storming finish to the game, with two more each for Davis and Byrne, who completed his hat-trick with a cheeky penalty.
Marske United’s unbeaten start to the season is now 12 matches after they beat Knaresborough 2-0 at Mount Pleasant.
John Alexander scored from a Josh MacDonald assist, and Liam O’Sullivan got the second with a 20-yard free kick.
Consett led 2-0 and then 3-2 against Nelson from the North West Counties League, but conceded two goals in the last ten minutes and lost 4-3.
Michael Mackay put them in front and Luke Sullivan scored the second. Nelson scored twice by the 25th minute through Ritchie Allen and Liam Boswell, but Sullivan restored the lead on 55 minutes.
However, Consett had keeper Jack Norton sent off, and Nelson took advantage to win through Peter Wright and Allen goals.
Billingham Synthonia won 3-2 at Albion Sports after being 2-0 down at half-time.
Albion scored twice within three minutes, but Synners themselves scored twice within four minutes in the second half through Matty Osmond and Michael Sweet.
Sweet got the winner for Synners in the second period of extra time.
North Shields also had an extra-time win, 4-2 at Silsden.
Gareth Bainbridge gave Shields a 17th-minute lead, and they held on until four minutes from the end. Bainbridge and Dean Walker scored in the first period of extra time, and after Kristian Hargreaves pulled a goal back, Bainbridge completed his hat-trick in the last minute.
Newcastle Benfield knocked out Barnoldswick from the North West Counties League 3-1. Steven Baptist gave them the lead, only for Aaron Hollindrake to equalise. Baptist made it 2-1 before half-time and James Luccock made sure in the last minute.
Guisborough won the all- Northern League tie against Durham City 3-1 at the King George.
Guisborough took the lead when Curtis Round and James Risborough combined for Mikey Roberts to fire home on 13 minutes, but ten minutes later Craig Ellison headed the equaliser.
Roberts restored Guisborough’s lead midway through the second half, then David Onions grabbed the third after Danny Johnson’s shot came back off the post.
Jarrow Roofing left it late before beating Willington 2-1.
Dean Nicholson gave them the lead after seven minutes, but Willington levelled with an effort by Corey Nicholson on 21 minutes.
Roofing’s Stuart Nicholson was dismissed early in the second half and as the game was heading for extra time Dean Nicholson fired the winner.
Birtley led 3-1 at Whickham but lost 5-3. Curtis Coppen, Callum Hope and Dan Taggart scored for Birtley, Stephen Aiston (2), Tony Thirkell, Craig Rook and Michael Hedley for Whickham Morpeth won 3-0 at Washington with goals by Stephen Forster and Sean Taylor (2).
Washington have appointed Steve Hutchinson as manager after Chris Martin stood down because of work and family commitments.
Sunderland RCA won 4-2 at Team Northumbria, who took an early lead through Peter Watling. Gavin Barton scored two headers to put RCA ahead and they made it 3-1 through Stuart Thompson.
After RCA keeper Peter Jameson saved a penalty, a defensive mistake allowed Dave Colvin to pull a goal back, but Kyle Morris scored a fourth for RCA.
South Shields and Billingham Town replay tomorrow night after drawing 4-4.
Shields took an early two-goal lead through Jordan Fraser and Colin White, but Town hit back with an Anthony Ormerod header and a James McLeod effort free kick.
Shields went 3-2 up through Tony Burnell but Karl Charlton equalised. Luke Richardson scored Shields’ third but with three minutes left Charlton squeezed in the equaliser.
West Allotment had Paul Stoneman and Michael Bell sent off in their 4-1 defeat at Penrith.
Darlington RA led Thackley, the leaders of the Northern Counties East League, through Jimmy Muir’s penalty, but lost 5-1.
Ryton and Crawcrook lost 5-1 at Holker Old Boys, Dean Sinclair scoring their goal.
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