In the Lancashire FA Amateur Cup third round, Lancaster Rovers travelled to Standish St. Wilfreds from Wigan with a very much weakened side due to work commitments.
The Lancaster Rovers side were the better team for long periods of the game but were eventually beaten 2-1, Earl Suligowski scoring the goal for the Rovers.
In the 848-848 Taxis/Sam Price Memorial Cup first round, Caton United travelled to play Swarthmoor Social Club which looked to be a tricky fixture for the visitors against a battling and improving home side.
The game proved just that with Swarthmoor giving Caton all kinds of problems in the opening period.
The never say die attitude of the Swarthmoor side almost pulled off a shock win but after a hard fought game they went down 3-2.
Graham Wilcox and Cameron Barker scored for Swarthmoor with Phil Eccleston, Tommy Lund and Jacob Davies scoring for a very much relieved Caton team who will be away again in the second round to the winners of the TIC/Dyn/Overton/Middleton v Bowerham game.
In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire and District Football League Premier Division, leaders Carnforth Rangers again increased their lead at the top, this time to 14 points, after a hard fought game against a Bentham side that showed plenty of spirit and fight.
The game was always lively with plenty of goal mouth action and lots of good open football played by both sides. Bentham drew first blood when Sam Lister scored a good goal in the 43rd minute of the first half.
This setback sent Carnforth straight onto the attack and from the re-start they scored a great goal by Byron Nixon to equalise. Again, within 90 seconds, Carnforth had scored when Nixon bagged his second just as the whistle blew for half-time.
The second half continued as the first with both sides probably playing their best football of the season so far. Carnforth went into a 3-1 lead when Nixon completed his hat-trick.
Bentham still tried to play the football that they did in the first half and it paid dividends when Lister scored another good goal to reduce the arrears to 2-3.
Man of the match Nixon caused all kinds of problems the whole game for Bentham and he finally killed the game off with his fourth goal to make the score 4-2.
It was cruel on Bentham when they conceded another goal, scored this time by Mambwe Chilfara, to make the final score 5-2 and it was Carnforth’s fifth win of the month.
Highgrove are starting to find their feet after a poor start to the season and against a strong Morecambe Royals side they battled for every ball for the whole 90 minutes.
The first half saw the Royals slightly edge possession but it was Highgrove who took the lead.
A poor back pass to keeper Davies was intercepted by Jack Archer who dinked the ball over the keeper with the ball just carrying into the net to give Highgrove the lead after just 28 minutes.
The Royals should have equalised within 10 minutes when Dan Broadley, playing against his former team, found himself on the six yard line in front of goal but his shot went straight to the keeper.
With just five minutes of the first half remaining the Royals equalised when a John Durnan shot beat the keeper.
The second half saw both sides battling to take control.
The Royals took the lead when from a corner Highgrove’s Durnan, who was unmarked, headed at the keeper who in turn could only parry the ball but could not prevent the ball from going into the net.
The last 15 minutes saw Highgrove throw everything at the Royals but they could not force an equaliser.
TIC Dyn/Overton/Middleton felt they had most of the play against Cartmel and District but got smashed when Nathan Bushell found the back of the net to give a fortunate Cartmel a 1-0 win.