North Lancashire League round-up: TIC see off Bowerham in cup

North Lancashire league football.
North Lancashire league football.

In the 848-848 Taxis/Sam Price Memorial Cup first round, the often postponed cup tie between TIC Dyn/Overton/Middleton against Bowerham finally took place albeit on the all weather pitch at Heysham Mossgate.

The game was close throughout with the TIC Dynamos side coming out on top, winning 3-1 after goals from Robert Goldsborough, Mark Wiggins and Steffan Dixon. Andy McDermott scored the reply for Bowerham.

In round two TIC Dynamos will be at home again this time to Caton United.

In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire and District Football League Premier Division, the staff at Cartmel worked all morning to get their pitch playable for their eagerly awaited clash against leaders Carnforth Rangers.

Cartmel needed to win the game to stay in touch with the leaders and they tried their best often going close, but goals by Carnforth’s Damien Murphy and veteran midfielder Paul Taylor proved to be the difference between two good teams.

This 2-0 win puts Carnforth 12 points ahead of Caton United in second place with Cartmel now a distant third.

Bentham started their game with Trimpell much the better side and opened up a 2-0 lead with goals from Daniel Briggs-Calvert and Gordon Armstrong.

Trimpell fought back to force an equaliser after Liam Brown and Carl Pickles scored their goals.

Trimpell had enough late chances to win the game but a draw was probably a fair result.

In Division One, Bolton-le-Sands, playing their first game since January 4, threw off the rust to play an excellent game against fourth placed Arnside. Both sides had enough chances to have won but it was goals from Ben Barrow and the excellent Daniel Dixon for Bolton-le-Sands that won the game 2-1.

James Thornton got the goal for Arnside.

Carnforth Rangers Reserves entertained Grange in a game that was a bit feisty at times with one player being sent off.

The in-form and more experienced Rangers side deservedly came out 3-0 winners with veterans Robert Hockham (2) and Michael Whitham claiming the goals.

Millhead entertained Freehold in a relegation 
battle. Millhead played really well to stop the dangerous Phil Oliver, who was Freehold’s main threat.

Millhead were the better side and fully deserved their 4-1 win with Steve Everson, Brett Allen, Jamie Nicholls and man of the match Jack Brown scoring the goals, Phil Oliver did manage one goal for Freehold.

In Division Three, the big relegation battle between Storeys Reserves and Lancaster Rovers Reserves ended in stalemate.

Lancaster Rovers played the first half with a strong wind at their backs but it was Storeys who had most of the possession but could not make the break through.

After 20 minutes Lancaster Rovers took the lead when Jay Howse received a right wing low cross, he controlled the ball excellently and in the same movement turned and his shot left the keeper stranded.

Despite more Storeys pressure the Rovers marched into a 2-0 lead after a slide rule pass through the centre saw Phil Johnston collect the ball take two strides before firing past the keeper.

Storeys were determined to carry on with their attacking policy and it paid off in the 40th minute after a scramble just inside the penalty area, the ball looped to the left wing and Luke Carpenter headed in to make the half-time score 2-1.

Storeys equalised within 15 minutes of the second half when Carpenter scored his second of the game. It was all Storeys after that but they were wasteful in front of goal.

The only chance for the Rovers fell to left winger Dan Waite who had a great chance to put his side back into the lead but his weak shot was straight at the keeper.