Northallerton Town 4 Winsford United 0 (Match abandoned after 68 minutes): FOR the second time in two years a Winsford match was abandoned when the team was reduced to six players.
United's interest in the FA Cup seemed at an end after conceding four goals and being reduced by two sendings off to nine men.
Three subs were used and then three players were injured and could not continue, reducing the side to below the minimum number allowed of seven and causing the preliminary round tie to be abandoned.
In 2003, United had five men sent off in a League Cup tie at Squires Gate causing the game to end prematurely.
This time, captain Mark Quinn, for a second bookable offence, and full back Ian Stanton were dismissed by Yorkshire referee John Horn.
Quinn, having made a late tackle and later in the first half being involved in an off-the-ball flare-up, could have no complaints about his red card.
But Stanton, who was retreating from a confrontation as half-time neared when a melee erupted around him, was unjustly treated.
Winsford were aggrieved at his sending off as they were at the light discipline meted out to Northallerton players. They cited two x-rated tackles on Stuart Wellstead which resulted in a finger wagging from Horn.
But they were well beaten and admitted as much.
They could not not have got off to a worse start when Northallerton striker Carl Chillingworth scored inside the first minute.
Craig Robinson had needlessly lost the ball out on the left and a pinpoint centre found Chillingworth who picked his spot to score from the edge of the area.
The Blues put together some good moves but these petered out around the home penalty area.
In the 27th minute, Michael Langley charged across his area and caught the foot of Ross Diamond, even though the ball he was chasing looked to be a lost cause.
Chillingworth stepped up to convert his second strike from the spot.
United were two goals and two play-ers down by the break and Chilling-worth completed his hat-trick in the 49th minute - though he looked at least five yards offside.
Fifty-six minutes saw the fourth goal by the same player.
With the game lost and the nine-men out on their feet all three substitutes were thrown on. Winsford were down to eight men when Tim Drohan had to be carried from the field with a leg injury and minutes later Wellstead followed him.
On 68 minutes Chris Melia twisted his back and was unable to carry on.
UNITED: Langley; Robinson (Moss 60), Chambers, Marsh, Stanton; Hughes, Quinn, Hutchinson (Drohan 60), Wellstead; Melia, Arnold (Williams 60).
Att: 103 Star Man: Dave Chambers, classy resistance Next Best: Stuart Wellstead Team Rating: 1 Match Rating: 2