Durham City manager Andy Gowens blasted his players after they were dumped out of the FA Vase 4-2 by Trafford.

Gowens, in charge for only a fortnight, says that there will be several changes in the weeks ahead after a below par performance.

"No wonder the last manager got sacked because some of these players are spineless" he raged.

"There wasn't enough workrate and commitment.

"Only three or four players gave enough effort, the rest had no bottle whatsoever. It's going to be a hard year, but we'll get there."

Graham Vaughan gave Trafford the lead on ten minutes, and Phil Carratt fired a second midway through the half.

Gary Pearson pulled one back from the penalty spot just after half-time but Trafford went 4-1 up with goals by Graham and Franny Vaughan before Michael Mackay pulled a goal back in the last minute.

Darlington RA's success story continues as they won their first Vase tie in 15 years. They won 3-2 at Pontefract thanks to a last minute goal.

The Northern Counties East League side took the lead in the first minute but the RA hit back when Marc Radmore finished off a flowing move.

Paul Freary then beat three men and set up Warren Byrne to tap in and put the RA in the lead before half-time.

The RA then missed several chances, and let Pontefract back into the game with an equaliser, but Byrne won it with a left-foot shot deep into stoppage time.

Crook Town won their derby 4-1 at Spennymoor, even though they played for all of the second half with ten men.

Moors took the lead with a shot by Kristian Dinsley, but Crook equalised when Phil McGuire scored from a Danny Mellanby pass.

Crook then had Micky Ward dismissed for retaliation, but took the lead through a Karl Everitt penalty after Roy Allen was brought down. Sam Vernalls made it 3-1 when he scored from ten yards, and then he raced away to beat Jon Collinson for the fourth.

Shildon replay at Alnwick tomorrow following a 1-1 draw.

Alnwick took the lead through Mark Cockburn, but Shildon equalised with an Andy Howarth penalty, but Howarth later missed another spot kick.

West Auckland beat Washington thanks to a last minute winner. Steve Burns put Washington into the lead after ten minutes, but West equalised on 55 minutes with a 30-yarder from Adam Reid. West got the winner in the dying minutes of extra-time when Dale Jardine crossed for Ian Maddison.

First Division leaders and former winners Newcastle Blue Star surprisingly lost 2-1 at Seaham Red Star.

The home side took the lead through Craig Hubbard, but Blue Star equalised with a David Southern penalty. But with five minutes left, Jennings stunned the Star with a perfectly executed overhead kick.

Whitley Bay, winners three years ago, fell at the first hurdle when they were beaten 4-2 at Sunderland Nissan who scored four times in the first half-hour.

Consett easily beat Worsborough Bridge 5-0. Gary Ormston opened the scoring with a left foot shot, then Craig Tate got another before half-time. Tate completed his hat-trick in the second half, as well as setting a goal up for Gary Forbes.

Norton continued their improvement, beating Sheffield 2-0. Marcus Laing scored from a rebound , then Tyson Masters dribbled through and scored the second.

Ashington scored for the first time in seven matches when they beat South Shields 3-1. Whickham easily beat Chadderton 5-1. Newcastle Benfield needed extra time to win 4-2 at Alsager.

Marske came back from Atherton LR with a 1-1 draw, Lee Bytheway scoring midway through the first-half, while Hebburn lost their all-ANL tie against Prudhoe 2-0, Mark Nixon and Marc Drysdale scoring for the visitors in the first 20 minutes.

Brandon lost 2-1 at Squires Gate, going down to a late winner after Chase McMullen had put Brandon back into the game and Morpeth face a long journey in midweek to Salford City after a 1-1 draw. Michael Pitt gave Morpeth the lead after 55 minutes, but Salford equalised from the penalty spot.

Wearside League Willington lost 4-2 at home to Darwen after leading 2-0 at one stage with goals by David Pickering and Anthony Bussey.

The draw for the next round will be made this morning.