Carnforth Rangers’ Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup third round triumph over Galgate was just one of three games to beat the weather on Saturday.
The Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire and District Premier Division leaders ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from captain Gavin Darby, Damien Murphy and Byron Nixon.
Carnforth should have taken the lead as early as the second minute but Murphy lost possession after being put through on goal by an inch-perfect pass from Nixon.
It was the leaders’ bogey side who exerted more pressure in the early stages however but they couldn’t find a breakthrough.
On 12 minutes, the visitors did have a good chance to score when an excellent cross found the head of Will Onek but his effort lacked power.
The hosts should have gone ahead shortly after but couldn’t profit from an almighty goal-mouth scramble inside the six-yard area as Galgate twice blocked goal-bound shots before the ‘keeper finally claimed the ball.
Carnforth began to exert their authority, playing much the better football, and took the lead in the 19th minute when Nixon, playing against his former club, smashed the ball into the net from eight yards giving the ‘keeper no chance.
It should have been 2-0 three minutes later with Nixon to the fore again.
The former Galgate man outpaced the defence on the counter attack and after drawing the goalkeeper out he found Murphy who looked sure to score into an empty net, but the ball was slightly behind him and ‘the keeper did well to recover.
Murphy, like Nixon, was proving a handful for the visiting defence, but he was denied a goal five minutes before the break, being adjudged offside as he tapped into an empty net after another breakaway.
Carnforth inevitably doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half, captain Darby pouncing to score after a corner had only been partially cleared.
This appeared to knock the spirit out of Galgate and Murphy finally found the back of the net when he collected a delightful through ball to score his side’s third.
The victory moves Carnforth into the quarter-finals where they will meet either Boys’ Club, Moor Lane or Arnside who have seen their ties held up by the weather.