West Auckland sub David Dowson overcame the flu bug to put his side into the fourth round of the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday.

The former Darlington and Sunderland striker turned up badly ill and couldn’t start the game, but he came on as sub and scored twice as West came from behind against Yorkshire Amateurs.

Manager Gary Forrest said; “When David came to the ground, he had a bad head, the shakes and was vomiting.

“He said that he would go on the bench, and we put him on when we were a goal down. It was a gamble that paid off – he scored twice and could have scored two more.

“We’d love to have a home draw now, it will make all the difference.”

The visitors went ahead on 53 minutes, but Dowson came on and headed in a right-wing cross with ten minutes left, and late in the game, turned on the edge of the box and fired the winner.

In the other Vase ties, Stockton Town scored three times in extra time to win 4-1 at Bridlington.

Manager Micky Dunwell said; “Our fitness and quality told in the end.”

Hebburn had an excellent 5-1 away win at Lower Breck after trailing to an early goal, with Olly Martin amongst the scorers with a hat trick.

Consett drew 1-1 at Wythenshawe to set up a replay this Saturday, but Newcastle Benfield went out, beaten 2-0 at Vauxhall Motors.