Cupsets galore as Division Two sides prosper

It was an afternoon for the underdog as five teams from lower divisions enjoyed cup scalps, with pictures from Poulton v Euxton Villa Res by DONNA ARTIS and Kendal United v Tempest United by RICHARD EDMONDSON.

Hurst Green and Tempest United will join CMB and Haslingden St Mary’s in the semi-finals of the Richardson Cup after quarter-final victories on Saturday.

Hurst Green were made to work hard by Premier Division rivals Milnthorpe Corinthians before Jake Lloyd’s 87th minute winner settled the tie 3-2.

Jordan Monk and a Charlie Collinge penalty put the home side 2-0 up at the break but Milnthorpe fired back in the second period to level it at 2-2 via Oliver Rickby and Nathan Hankinson.

But Lloyd had the last laugh for the Ribble Valley side.

Tempest United overcame a trip to Division Two side Kendal United, winning 3-0 thanks to a Sam Parkinson double and a late third from Aaron Thorpe in a 3-0 win.

Three teams from higher divisions were humbled in the Presidents Cup quarter finals with two Premier Division clubs falling to Division Two sides.

Euxton Villa Reserves edged a rip-roaring tie at Poulton 4-3 largely thanks to the shooting boots of James Hale.

Hale had cancelled out Max Landless’ opener and repeated the trick when Mitch Cheetham put Poulton back in the lead.

James Greenhalgh made it 3-2 to Villa only for Landless to level it up again at 3-3.

Hale then popped up for his third on 81 minutes to see his side into the semi-finals.

It was less dramatic at Turton where Pause United won 1-0 through Jack Preston’s 49th minute winner.

Stoneclough also enjoyed an eye-catching result, beating Division One side Lytham Town 2-0 thanks to Austin Almond and Aaqil Campbell.

Ulverston Rangers are also through after a 5-2 win at fellow Division One side Millom. Jadk Milburn and Sam Pinnegor put Ulverston in command with Jamie Pattinson halving the deficit before half-time.

Scott McDonald and Pinnegor extended the away side’s lead to 4-1 before Jed Philip made it 4-2. Matthew Lawler put the cherry on top for Gavin Butler’s men with a fifth in injury time.

In the Challenge Cup, Freckleton despatched Dalton United 5-0 thanks to a Callum Williams hat-trick and a Saul Hamer double.

It was far more tense at Croston Sports where their tie against Garstang Reserves went to penalties after a 0-0 draw.

The visitors eventually prevailed in a sudden death shoot-out, 8-7.

Eagley were agonisingly close from going through to the semi-finals as they led 2-1 at Chipping but Alex Howarth’s 95th minute effort made it 2-2 at full time.

Kieran Sissons had put Eagley ahead with Ethan Edmundson levelling. Alfie Cowen made it 2-1 to Eagley before Howarth’s late intervention.

Chipping then won the shoot-out 6-5.

Carnforth Rangers are already through to the semi-finals.

Stewart Rowe Memorial Cup
holders Blackpool Wren Rovers are out after another penalty shoot-out drama at Hesketh Bank Reserves.

Ben Seear and Olly Hesford twice put Wrens ahead with John Stead and David Yeates twice equalising in normal time.

Hesketh Bank prevailed on penalties 5-4.

Where next?

Hesketh hoodoo over after 378 days! A full fixture list was finally fulfilled on Saturday - and as BEN SMITH discovered, one club in particular took full advantage! Pictures from Coppull v Lostock St Gerards by JOHN SHIRRAS and Astley & Buckshaw v Walney Island by STEF WILLOUGHBY.
Double still alive for comeback kings It's meant to be spring but only 12 matches were played involving our teams, with pictures of Fulwood Amateurs and CMB in the Richardson Cup from STEVE TAYLOR and GRAHAM LANCASTER.

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