Morecambe Ladies had a short hop down the M6 and M65 to play Accrington G&L FC in the Lancashire Cup at the weekend.
Accrington are doing well in Division One of the NWWRLA and hadn’t been beaten at home in the last three seasons, a record they were keen to uphold.
Morecambe took the lead when Georgia Lupton launched a high cross into the area and Hannah Paling beat three defenders to stick out a foot and guide the ball into the net.
From the kick-off Hannah Williamson collected the ball, played a one-two with Whiitingham then threaded the ball through the central defence for Lupton to run onto and fire the ball past Emily Rogers in the Accrington goal to double the score.
The home side saw out the last three minutes and were glad to hear the half-time whistle. In the second half Duckworth punted a ball into the Morecambe left corner, Lauren Walker chased the ball down, pressing Jo Norris, whose clearance reached Amie Barrett who drove into the box.
A strong challenge by Nic Relph had her tumbling and the crowd baying for a penalty and the referee pointed to the spot.
Up stepped Lauren Walker but a confident Emma Reader was quickly down to her left to save the shot and gather cleanly.
Reader had to come out a couple of times to snuff out Accrington attacks but with tired legs space opened up and Morecambe took advantage.
Becky Whittingham in acres of space weighted a perfect ball into the path of Lupton who steadied herself and calmly looped the ball over Rogers into the empty goal to make it 0-3.
The game then noticeably quietened and slowed, the damage had been done.
Hannah Williamson ran and ran, Jo Norris, Beth Fisher and Jade Thornhill kept Morecambe strong and alert at the back, Laura Callis got more into the game it was her pass that reached Lupton, who rounded Darcy.
There was an appeal for a handball but it was not given, then Lupton turned and looped the ball over the keeper to put the game to rest at 0-4.
Morecambe played out the match quietly, some of the heart and spirit seemed to have gone out of a tired Accrington side.
They had certainly showed why they are in such a promising position in their league and provided an exciting and entertaining game.
Morecambe can look forward to a semi-final against Preston North End WFC after their 8-3 defeat of Burnley but before then, the Ladies have three League points to fight for next week in Stockton.