Spennymoor almost threw away victory, but they held on to beat Witton Albion 4-3 in the first round of the FA Trophy at the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Moors led 4-1 at one stage, but Witton launched a late revival which almost earned them a replay.

"We were totally in charge at one point, but we let them back into the game," said manager Tony Lee.

"We fashioned out some real quality goals, but we were hanging on at the end."

Moors took the lead when Carl Beasley scored from the rebound after a shot by Jon Cullen was blocked. They then went further ahead when Tony Woodhouse crossed from the left for Andrew Shaw to score with a diving header.

Witton pulled a goal back with a penalty for a foul by David Goodchild, but then Moors went 3-1 up with a 30 yarder from Tom Jones into the top corner. Goodchild then set up Cullen for the fourth, but they relaxed and Witton scored twice to set up a nervous finish

Moors are joined in the next round by Whitby, who won 1-0 at Stocksbridge thanks to a goal from Alex Gildea just before half time.

Blyth, who have been linked with former Hartlepool striker Paul Baker for their vacant manager's post, defeated North Ferriby 5-3 at Croft Park.

However, they were behind three times in the first half, before David McMahon scored twice in the second half.

Gateshead's cup run ended early however, losing 2-0 at home to Hyde United.