Shildon player-manager Danny Moore said that his side produced their best performance of the season when they won 2-0 at Barton Town in the second round of the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday.

The Railwaymen led the Northern League charge into the next round with a goal in each half against the Lincolnshire side, who had only lost once at home so far this season.

“That was probably our best performance of the season,” said Moore. “ I thought it was a very good, professional performance, we were disciplined and kept our shape well. Our keeper, Shaun Newbrook, only had one save to make in the game. Barton played some nice football, but only in the middle third of the field.

“We scored our goals at good times, and we could have scored more. I’m also pleased that we’ve kept a clean sheet, which makes it four from the last five.

“It made a difference that our chief scout, Harry Dunn went to watch them in advance, because we knew where we could hurt them.”

Shildon went close with efforts by Danny Earl and Moore before they took the lead on 38 minutes when Matty Robson’s penalty was parried by the keeper, but Ben Trotter was quick to react and headed in the rebound.

They stayed in control and sealed a place in Monday lunchtime’s draw on the hour when Robson scored the second with a blistering shot.

West Auckland are also through to the next round after they won at Thackley with a late goal.

Nathan Fisher missed a good chance just after the break, but most of the drama was in the last thirteen minutes. West keeper Shane Bland saved a penalty on 77 minutes, and four minutes later sub Adam Burnicle hooked the ball home from a right-wing cross.

Manager Gary Forrest said; “It was a scrappy game. We didn’t play that well, but we won the game and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters in cup games.”

In the other Vase ties, Dunston UTS were surprisingly knocked out by 2-1 at Winterton Rangers.

Sunderland RCA striker Nathan O’Neill scored four of his side’s goals in their impressive 6-2 away win at Garstang.

Last season’s beaten finalists Stockton Town beat fellow ENL side Ashington 4-1 after scoring three times in the first half, while Newcastle Benfield pulled off an excellent 2-0 home win over 1874 Northwich, who reached the semi-finals last season.

Paul Chow, who won the Vase three times with Whitley Bay, scored one of Hebburn’s goals in their 2-1 away win at Hallam.

Bedlington, however, went out 3-1 at Silsden.