LFA Challenge Trophy
By Graham Dockerty
Charnock Richard Dump City out the Cup
North West Counties' Charnock Richard edged Lancaster City at Giant Axe to progress through to the next round of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy.
The visitors came out all guns blazing determined to put away their higher league opponents.
It took only until the sixth minute for Charnock to make a break through when Ashley Scott pounced onto a loose ball and dipped a fine strike into the far corner.
Lancaster are the only team in the Evo-Stik leagues without a win and that was proving dividends in the early exchanges with many players lacking confidence.
The Dolly Blues, however responded well and just six minutes later Charlie Bailey was played clean through and gave the goalkeeper, Halton, no chance as he buried home an equaliser
A lively start, and it much carried on the same way. Shortly after, Charnock Richard through bodies forward once more, and when James Walker whipped a ball to the far post, it looked certain to be nodded in if it was not for an interception.
Shortly after, Lancaster responded with their own chance which looked certain to be a goal when Lewis
Walmsley found himself in acres of space, but his half volley was weak into the goalkeeper's hands.
Much the story of the season so far, City were punished. Charnock swept a ball across goal towards Scott who got brought down and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
James Walker stepped up and fired the visitors back into the lead, 20 minutes in.
The rest of the first half was much a spectacle to be missed with poor football being played by both sides and neither able to retain possession.
Just before the half-time whistle, it perhaps should have been a third for Charnock Richard when Ashley Scott found himself scot-free through on goal but blazed a shot wide.
Onto the second half and it was much the same with a lot of ping-pong balls in the air.
Although, Lancaster had the halves first big chance Williams was picked out from a cross at the far post, but his header glazed wide as everyone in the stadium stood thinking it was in.
Charnock Richard seemed happy to sit back and defend the lead, and they did so very well. City found it near impossible to break them down.
Lancaster continued all the pressing and high pressure but just could not conjure up a clear cut opportunity.
Matty Blinkhorn was subbed on and, to his efforts, put a lot of work rate in but ultimately came unstuck.
Ultimately it was not enough from Lancaster City and, despite their hard work, the confidence looked lost and it is another defeat for caretaker boss Craig Stanley.