IN THE Lancashire Football Association Amateur Cup fifth round Highgrove, last season’s runners-up in this prestigious county cup competition, failed miserably to progress to the semi-final this time round.
Highgrove probably played their worst football for years when they were annihilated by Southport Amateurs, who in previous rounds had struggled to beat Morecambe Gold before beating Marsh United on penalties.
Despite a promising first half when Highgrove gave as good as they got which ended goalless, the second half saw Highgrove completely outplayed as fitness told. They conceded six goals without reply as the visitors ran out easy winners.
In the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup second round, Carnforth Rangers from the Premier Division had a battle against Division Two side Overton and Middleton.
An excellent first half saw the Middleton side play exceptionally well to hold Carnforth to a well deserved 1-1 draw at the break.
Player-manager Vernon Middleton gave Carnforth the lead, only for Overton to surge back to draw level with a well-taken goal scored by Richard Gerrard.
The second half saw Carnforth eventually take control of the game but they then came across the man of the match in Overton’s keeper Tom Smith as he made many outstanding saves to keep his side in the game.
Middleton went on to complete his hat-trick, Matthew Garwood and Byron Nixon made the score 5-1, but it was Smith who took the plaudits for his excellent second-half performance.
In round three Carnforth Rangers will be at home in an all Premier Division clash against Slyne-with-Hest.
In the third round Bolton-le-Sands from Division One played well against Premier side Marsh United and could have sprung a surprise.
Bolton-le-Sands’ defence was on top form and restricted the Marsh side to just three chances, but it was enough for the Premier side to score three times, Liam Steel scored twice with Jordan Sparks scoring a disputed third goal.
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