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AFC Ingol squeeze past Gregson Lane W in Challenge Cup

Gregson Lane Wanderers (yellow) v AFC Ingol - Challenge Cup

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It would have been natural for premier division AFC Ingol to think that they would have easy ride against division 2 outfit Gregson Lane Wanderers (GLW) in their Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup 3rd round game but that certainly wasn’t the case. The Wanderers lads, managed by Paul Mountain, arrived at UCLan Sports Arena having progressed to the 3rd round of the LFA Sunday Trophy and they beat premier division side Theatre Boys in the last round of the Challenge Cup.

Both these teams play attractive, attacking and they kept it up for the 90 minutes of the game. A casual observer would have had GLW down as the better team in the first half, they produced more chances but were unable to find the final killer punch. AFC Ingol’s attacks were more sporadic but they too did not look like scoring and the first half finished 0-0.

Five minutes into the second half and GLW took a deserved lead when the ever dangerous Jack Mountain was on hand to put them ahead with his 12th goal of the season. Finally, AFC found some form and they managed a equaliser through Dion Holden on 62 minutes. Now it was AFC’s turn to pile on the pressure, but they had to be on their toes with Toby Parker and Jack Mountain proving a constant threat at the other end. And just when it looked as if extra time was inevitable up popped Dion Holden to bag his second with three minutes left and put AFC Ingol into the hat for the quarter finals.

Acregate Lane LC beat Penwortham Town 5-1 in their much postponed 2nd round tie and they had Paul Turner to thank for scoring four and bringing his tally to 20 for the season. Ashton on Ribble and Tanterton drew 1-1 before Tanterton progressed 5-3 on the penalty shootout, Bolton Lads & Girls Club beat premier division Springfields 3-0 and Hunters had a comfortable win at home against Bamber Bridge Town from Division 3.

Bamber Bridge United’s task away at Ingol Rangers was hard enough to begin with and it was made more difficult when they had Wes Alexander dismissed on 17 minutes with the score 0-0. They went down 9-2 to a rampant Rangers who had three hat trick heroes in Jonty McDonald, Ryan McKenna and Stu Parry. Adam Clare scored both Bamber Bridge goals. Two more division 1 sides earned their place in the next round, Preston Victoria who beat Fulwood Park Rangers 4-2 and Vernon Sports who had an excellent 3-1 win away at Tulketh United.

Round 2 of the Syndicate Trust Presidents Cup produced wins for AFC Longridge at Leyland Athletic, Sir Tom Finney at home to Warton, Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs at home to Tarleton Corinthians, Walton at home to Wyresdale Rangers, Walton Athletic at home to Westhoughton and Arkwrights away at Whittle Wanderers. Haslingden St Marys beat Fleetwood Town Rangers 3-1 to progress into the quarter finals of the Syndicate Trust Youth Cup.

Very few league games played today with so many teams involved in three major cup competitions. Of those that were played Fishwick Rangers beat BAE Warton 5-3 in division 3, Garstang beat Eccleston & Heskin 9-0 and Broughton Amateurs won 3-2 at Poulton in Youth Division White and in Youth Division Blue there were wins for Euxton Villa 3-2 at Penwortham St Teresas and Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs 3-0 at Penwortham Town.

Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.


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