North Lancashire League round-up: Thompson strike stuns Moor Lane in cup

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In the Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup third round high-flying Moor Lane, top of Division One with just one defeat all season, were shocked when they failed to beat Arnside.

The Moor Lane side carried on from where they left off last week by playing very poorly and unable to raise their game to the standard that they were setting before the floods came.

The only goal of the game came for the hard working Arnside team and was scored by an excellent strike from Marco Thompson.

In the fourth round Arnside will be away to Carnforth Rangers.

In the fourth round another tie held up by the weather finally got played when Caton United entertained Bowerham a side they had never beaten before. The game turned out to be a one side affair. Bowerham, who had several key players missing, were 4-0 behind after just 25 minutes and could hardly get control of the ball.

They didn’t fare much better in the second half but conceded just two more to lose 6-0 with the Caton goals being scored by Dave Wood, Phil Eccleston, Jordan Sparks, Adam Lund, Nathan Jackson and Christian Sawacki.

In the semi-final Caton will be away to the winners of the Carnforth Rangers/Arnside tie.

Last season’s Premier Division champions TIC Dynamos are finding the going much tougher this season and met a very much in-form Lancaster Rovers from Division Two.

The Dynamos side got off to a perfect start when Malakye Brookes put them in front after just three minutes, a lead they could have increased but for some excellent defending by the Rovers back four.

Despite having slightly more of the first half possession the Dynamos could not add to their 1-0 lead before half-time.

A stiff half time team talk by manager Jake Harrison fired his side up for the second half.

They played some excellent football and had the Dynamos on the back foot for long periods.

After just 10 minutes of the restart the Rovers were level when Lee Braide scored from close in after some terrible Dynamos defending.

The Rovers were playing really well and looked to have the edge in the game as they created more chances.

It looked as though the underdogs could shock their opponents with the pace of their attacks and so it proved when the Rovers scored with Braide scoring his second and what turned out to be the match winner.

Division One side Westgate Wanderers entertained Cartmel and District with the winners going into the semi-finals.

Westgate put up a terrific fight against a side currently in second place in the Premier Division.

The more experienced Cartmel side had problems to solve before eventually winning 3-0 with goals from Sam Taylor, young Carl Airey and veteran Joel Drinkall.

This win earns Cartmel a home tie against the young Lancaster Rovers team.