Daryll Hall’s late header ensured South Shields’ remarkable run of wins went on as they beat Chester-le-Street 2-1 in the League Cup.
Hall nodded in 10 minutes before the end as the Mariners made it 16 wins in a row.
The match was watched by a superb crowd of 747 at Mariners Park, which was their highest midweek attendance of the season.
They twice had goals controversially disallowed in the first half, with first Michael Turner and then Warren Byrne denied.
Byrne and Wayne Phillips also went close, while Julio Arca curled a free-kick just over and Barrie Smith fired just past the post before half-time.
In the second half, Leepaul Scroggins, David Foley, Byrne and Arca were all denied as Shields continued to be frustrated.
However, the deadlock was finally broken on 68 minutes as Foley found Byrne in the box, and he beat his man before firing low into the net.
The visitors hit back when a swift counter-attack was finished off by Scott Heslop, but the Mariners responded superbly.
Ben Riding’s long throw from the right was glanced in by the head of Hall with 10 minutes left to maintain the winning run.
A strong penalty appeal for a foul on Foley was turned down in stoppage time, but Shields had done enough to book their place in the next round.
They host Tow Law in the league on Saturday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Galpin, Turner, Hall, Riding, Arca, Smith (Wightman 87), Scroggins (c), Byrne (Ramsey 78), Foley, Phillips. Subs not used: Young, Briggs, Bulford.
Goals: Byrne (68), Hall (80).