Cup holders return to winning ways

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In the group stages of the League Cup, holders AFC Shooters bounced back to winning ways to beat North Valley Rangers last Sunday.

Craig Blackburn struck twice and Tom Duxbury was also on target in their 3-1 victory. Aaron Topham replied for Valley.

Goals from Jake Bancroft, Tom Swindells and an own goal booked Trawden Tree’s place in the second round of the competition following a 3-0 win against Crown FC.

Damian Williams came off the bench to score four second half goals for Sacred Heart in their 7-0 win against Lifestyle Fitness.

A brace from Connor O’Neill and a Scott Cawtherley effort completed the scoring as Hearts booked their place in the next round.

Wood Electrical continued their impressive start to the season with a 9-0 win against Premier Division opponents Paak United.

Adam Crew’s hat-trick, braces from Andy Husband and Josh Hind and goals from Stephen Ridding and Dominic Jones mean that Wood Electrical need just a point from their final game to guarantee a place in the next round.

Sacred Heart United are also on the cusp following a 4-0 win against Pendle FC.

Daniel Clegg, Craig Spokes, Martin Greenwood and Michael Cruz scored for United.

Goals from Danny Hammerton, Robin Starkey and Kurt Wilkinson secured a 3-1 win for AFC Union against Polonia Hills while a brace from Aaron Horsfall and goals from Callum Thomas and Pete Wood helped AFC Shooters Reserves beat AFC Veterans 4-2. Aaron Hutchinson and Sam McDevitt replied for the Veterans.

Colne Town beat Barnoldswick Barons 6-4 to progress through to the second round.

In the only league game played, Pendle Blues Athletic moved to within three points of the Second Division leaders thanks to a 6-2 win against Market Street Tavern.

A hat-trick from Tom Wilson, a brace from Daniel Allott and a Chris Crabtree strike secured the three points for Athletic.