North Lancashire League: Carnforth do double after cup triumph

Carnforth Rangers after winning the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup at Giant Axe.
Carnforth Rangers after winning the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup at Giant Axe.

Carnforth Rangers made it a league and cup double at Giant Axe on Tuesday night.

The Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire League Premier Division champions won the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup with a 4-1 victory over Cartmel at the home of Lancaster City.

Byron Nixon, Damien Murphy, Daniel Syson and Matthew Garwood got the goals for Rangers with Nathan Bushell scoring for Cartmel.

The scoreline flattered Rangers somewhat as they added two goals in the final four minutes to make sure of victory.

The opening 25 minutes were quite open with neither side being able to make the breakthrough.

Both teams played some attractive football up to the edge of the penalty area where the defenders took over.

Carnforth eventually took the lead in the 28th minute with a piece of individual brilliance by man of the match Nixon.

He received a high pass from Gavin Darby and controlled the ball on his chest and with his back to goal, turned and volleyed the ball into the net before keeper Andrew Kendall could move to make it 1-0 - the score at the break.

Cartmel were soon back in the game after the interval, equalising within five minutes of the restart when Bushell scored.

Their joy only lasted three minutes however with Carnforth retaking the lead when Garwood scored after turning his marker inside the area.

Cartmel again tried to respond but the league’s meanest defence, which conceded only 12 all season, stood firm.

The end for Cartmel came with just four minutes remaining when they were caught out of position as they pushed for a second equaliser.

After soaking up a lot of pressure a long ball out of the Rangers defence found Nixon on the halfway line in the left wing position. He controlled the ball well and sped down the wing before cutting inside and with only one defender to stop him turned provider when his pass found an unmarked Murphy who had the easy task of netting from eight yards.

Cartmel went chasing the game with just 90 seconds remaining and Carnforth again broke with Nixon finding Syson who scored from 12 yards giving Kendall no chance to seal the double.