In the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup fourth round, Carnforth Rangers, many people’s favourites for a clean sweep, had to work much harder than they expected when they entertained near neighbours Arnside for a place in the semi-final.
Arnside from Division One played really well and defended with plenty of guts.
Carnforth, however, proved too strong and ran out winners with goals scored by Damien Murphy, Christoff Mitchalak and Matthew Garwood for Carnforth, cancelling out the strike for Arnside by Mike Beaumont.
In the semi-final Carnforth will be at home to Caton United.
In the Alan Shanks/Fisher/Howson/ Remembrance Cup third round, Mayfield United Reserves from Division Four entertained Division Three side Caton United Reserves in what turned out to be a classic.
Mayfield played out of their skins in an excellent first half, looking dangerous every time they attacked and shook Caton with their speed and opened up a 3-0 lead with goals scored by Danny Hargreaves with two excellent strikes and the dynamic Lee Sparks.
Caton Reserves, beaten finalist last season, knew they had to improve if they wanted to stay in the competition.
Although Caton played the better football they found the going tough.
The game turned Caton’s way when Rob Hulme scored a great goal.
This spurred on the Caton side and when Hulme scored his second it was all Caton as they took charge of the game.
Man of the match Hulme then brought the teams level when he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Although well in control Caton could not manage a winner in the 90 minutes so the game went into extra time.
Caton’s superior fitness told in the end when they emerged winners after further goals came from Rik Eaves for Caton. Sparks scored his second for Mayfield. Caton’s winning scoreline would have been higher if Jamie Luraschi had converted Caton’s second penalty.
In the semi-final Caton will be away to Morecambe Royals Reserves.
In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Football League Premier Division, Marsh United’s recovery is still on track following their first win of the season last week they doubled that with another workmanlike performance when they beat fellow relegation rivals Bentham 3-0.
Marsh controlled most of the game and fully deserved to win, goals from Gregorz Wyczynski, Antony Peters and Chris McManaman saw Marsh pick up another vital three points to take them nearer to safety and with games in hand over their nearest opponents.
Highgrove dropped nearer to a relegation place when they lost quite easily to a good Ingleton side 4-1.
Although Highgrove never gave up they were always second best, their best player on the day, Luke Bradley, scored their consolation goal after Darren Blacow claimed two brilliant goals followed by strikes from Alex Hartley and Aaron Woodhorn.