In the Lancashire Football Association Amateur Cup third round, Lancaster Rovers’ trip to the Manchester area to play Tyldsley proved fruitful as they came away with an excellent win, a victory that should have been secured much sooner after they went into a 2-0 lead.
The Rovers were dictating most of the play and after Jake Harrison and a penalty from Earl Suligowski had scored the goals they then conceded two needless penalties to make the scores level again.
Although Rovers were still the better team they found the home team’s defence more difficult to break down, until Callum Repath found a way through to give the Rovers a the lead again.
But as the referee was just about to signal the end of the game Rovers somehow managed to concede another goal which took the tie to penalties. This was a close affair with Rovers emerging as winners by eight penalties to seven.
In the fourth round on November 23rd the Rovers will be at home to Standish St Wilfreds.
Mayfield United, playing their third consecutive home game, entertained Bolton Premier side Howe Bridge Mills. The opening 10 minutes were hectic with the Bolton side failing to make the breakthrough after missing two good chances. Mayfield also missed one good chance.
Both sides played good football in difficult conditions which made both teams graft for possession.
Howe Bridge took the lead after 22 minutes when their centre forward just got in front of his marker to head into the net.
However, their lead only lasted three minutes before Daniel Martin finished off some good football which started in their own half with the shot into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.
The second half started with the visitors looking the better side and looking eager to score more goals. Mayfield’s defence was equal to the task and gradually pushed the visitors back.
With both sides going for the win it looked as though one more goal either way would win it.
With just 10 minutes remaining Martin scored his second from close in to put Mayfield into a 2-1 lead.
Enter substitute Lee Sparks. Within two minutes he wriggled past four defenders in a 20 yard run before chipping the ball over the keeper and into the net via an upright to make it 3-1 and game over.
Howe Bridge didn’t think it was over as they replied within two minutes when they made it 3-2 and game definitely back on.
It was Sparks again who stole the limelight when he intercepted the ball from a hesitant keeper before rolling the ball into an empty net from a tight angle, again hitting the same upright before crossing the line to make it 4-2.
In the fourth round they travel to the Manchester area to play Old Chaddertonians who beat Marsh United 3-1 in the first round.
In the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup first round Moor Lane, sitting at the top of Division One, did not have it all their own way before beating newly promoted Grange.
The game was end to end with Grange giving as good as they got but it was the more lethal Moor side that gained the upper-hand with goals by Jack Beaton, Sal Pawlowski, Thomas Geary and Alex McQuenna.
Karl Davisdon and Matthew Dean replied for Grange. In round two Moor Lane will be away to Boys’ Club.
In round two, Premier side Morecambe Royals entertained Division One side Bolton-le-Sands in what was expected to be a one sided game but it turned out to be far from it.
The Royals deserved to win but they had to work hard for it. Bolton-le-Sands had their chances but failed to take them.
The Royals goals were scored by Johnny Durnam (2) and Jamie Durnam to take them into the third round where they will be at home to the young Lancaster Rovers side from Division Two.
Bowerham bounced back to something like their best form when they met Division Three side Preesall and Pilling.
The game was as one-sided as the score-line of 6-1 suggests.Tim Dalgliesh scored a hat-trick, Mark Wright and a brace from Tom Spencely scored the goals for Bowerham, Nathan Bailey scored for Pilling.
In round three Bowerham will be away to College AFC in an all Premier Division game.