Morecambe Ladies got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win at Blackburn Community in the Lancashire County Cup.
Hannah Paling scored twice with Georgia Lupton also on the scoresheet as Nick Barrett’s side moved into the next round at the expense of a side who are scoring goals for fun a level below the Shrimpettes.
Morecambe had beaten Blackburn in a tough pre-season friendly at Lancaster & Morecambe College so knew what to expect at the Lammack Playing Fields.
The Seagals were again depleted in numbers and still feeling they should have taken something from their big League Cup match at Newcastle United seven days earlier.
The Ladies in red started well however and should have taken the lead on 21 minutes.
Paling’s one-two with Becky Whittingham carved the home defence open but with only Amy Dixon to beat in the Blackburn net Paling could only place her shot wide.
It wasn’t long however before Morecambe finally made the breakthrough on 28 minutes, Sophie Fish and Laura Callis putting in the hard yards before Paling let fly with a fine effort that went beyond the despairing reach of Dixon and in.
Barrett’s side continued to press but couldn’t find a second before the break, Nic Relph seeing Dixon tip an effort round the post.
As much as Morecambe wanted to pass their way to success route one was working too.
Sammy Hindle punted the ball forward and Vicky Eastwood’s header back to Dixon fell short. Paling pounced and rounded the ‘keeper before firing goalwards, Lupton making extra sure the ball found its way into the net only to be flagged for offside.
Relph forced Dixon into action for a second time shortly after, the Blackburn ‘keeper this time helping the ball over the bar.
It was soon 2-0 however, Paling firing a low shot into the corner after the hosts had only half-cleared.
With nothing to lose Blackburn pushed forward, Hindle pushing a thumping volley from Hayley Newham over the crossbar before Charlotte Gray had to be on hand to clear Leah Momvey’s effort off the line from the resultant corner.
Morecambe made the game safe with a quarter of an hour to play, Hannah Williamson, who had been plugging away all game hassling the Blackburn defence and midfield, collected the ball and laid it off to Lupton on the wing who calmly lobbed Dixon to make it 3-0.
To their credit the hosts didn’t give up Linnie Craig forcing Hindle to scramble and push a shot round the post.
It was the Shrimpettes however who progressed to face Haslingden or Accrington in the next round.
First they welcome Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe College this Sunday, October 26, as they return to Women’s Premier League Northern Division One action.