IN the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup first round some sides played teams from higher divisions with most of them giving very good accounts of themselves.
Arguably the best performance of the day was by Division Three side Villa Royale, who entertained Premier team Swarthmoor Social Club.
After 90 minutes and a lot of near misses the game ended goalless.
This brought extra time and again both sides went close in the first period but it was Swarthmoor who struck the first blow when ace poacher Graham Wilcox finally broke the deadlock just before the break to give his side the lead.
The second period of extra time saw the Premier Division side’s fitness start to tell as they started to get on top for the first time in this close tie.
With time running out Villa Royale pushed everyone forward looking to take the tie to penalties, but as so often happens they got caught out and with the last kick of an intriguing game. Cameron Bell scored his first goal of the season to send Swarthmoor into round two where they will be away to TIC Dynamos of Overton and Middleton.
Moghuls, another Division Three side, travelled to Premier Division team Cartmel and also gave a very good account of themselves.
Moghuls played very well but mistakes in the first half cost them the game after Andy Lord, Graham Rhodes and Matthew Burrows had taken their gifted chances.
The second half was completely different. Moghuls tightened up their defence, not allowing Cartmel any room to score more goals.
The last 30 minutes saw Moghuls parked just outside Cartmel’s penalty area, but the solid defence held firm to deny even one goal the very good workmanlike Moghuls deserved.
In round two Cartmel will travel to play Division One side Trimpell.
Another Division Three side, Gregson, troubled with serious injuries to both of their sides for most of the season so far, had to draft in four reserve team players for the trip to Premier Division side Caton United.
Although beaten 3-0 with goals being scored by Caton’s left back and right back plus an own goal they were not disgraced.
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