North Lancashire and District football round-up: Holders Carnforth Rangers bow out of Lancashire Cup

Carnforth Rangers celebrate their Lancashire Cup triumph last season.
Carnforth Rangers celebrate their Lancashire Cup triumph last season.

Holders Carnforth Rangers bowed out of the Lancashire Football Association Amateur Cup after losing 3-1 to White Lion of Heywood in the second round.

Carnforth had their chances but the only one they took was by young Louis Cox.

Another team to lose were Bowerham – they entertained Southport and Ainsdale Amateurs but were beaten 5-1.

Their only goal was scored by Aaron Blacow in the 54th minute.

Caton United travelled to play Bolton side Blackrod Town on a pitch that had several inspections before the game went ahead and what a game it was.

Caton United were the better side throughout and leading scorer Nathan Jackson scored both of his side’s goals to send them into round three.

Another team drawn away from home was College AFC who travelled to play Southport Trinity.

The confident College side put up a great display of attacking play and had also to defend well as the Southport team threatened at one time to runaway with the game.

However, credit to the College side as they kept their composure and forced the game into penalties after Josh Dixon and a great Carl Manning goal scored after a Southport defender in trying to clear only helped the ball into net to make it 3-3 after the 90 minutes.

This brought the penalty shoot-out which the College team won, scoring with all five of their spot kicks.

In the Eric Wilson Senior Challenge Cup first round, the all Division One tie between AFC Moorlands and Millhead went to extra time before it was settled.

With goals flying in at the end of 120 minutes it was AFC Moorland that came out on top, winning 7-4 with goals scored by Joe Garnett (3), Stuart McGill, Jamie Townley and two from the deadly Kevin Robinson.

Millhead’s goals were scored by James Thornton, Chris Cottam, recent signing Mark Rogerson and Jamie Nicholls. In round two AFC Moorlands will be away to Westgate Wanderers.

In the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Football League Premier Division Arnside turned on the style to beat Bentham 3-1.

Arnside deserved to win with their goals being scored by Chris Kelly, James Barr and James Kirkham.

Young David Adam scored a good goal for Bentham.

Cartmel and District lost for the third time this season when they lost 2-1 to a very good Trimpell side. Andy Forbes put Trimpell into the lead but Cartmel replied with a great strike from Matthew Burrows.

It was close for a while until Trimpell again took the lead through John Durnan.

In Division One Cartmel Reserves took advantage of Boys’ Club’s inactivity to move into second place after a sterling game against a much improved Ingleton Reserves.

The game was end to end with Ingleton unlucky to be 1-0 down at half-time.

As the final whistle was near Ingleton conceded a penalty from which Ryan Patterson scored from to add to Jordan O’Hanlan’s opener.