TWELVE of the 16 first round Pendle Charity League Cup matches were played last weekend, and only one side beat higher league opposition.
FC Intershape’s excellent season continued with a comfortable 6-2 victory against Golden Ball, thanks to a hat-trick from James Brookes, a brace from Steven Dickson and a Scott Moore effort.
Last season’s winners, Graham Engineering Redskins fell at the first hurdle against Premier Division leaders Life FC, whose safe passage came following a 4-0 victory. Murtaza Ahmed, Zahoor Hussain, Haroon Afzal and Ejaz Khan scored for Life. Paak United had to work hard to beat Fence FC in a tricky encounter against the Second Division newcomers. Sam Halstead and Andy Hakin were on target for Fence, but Paak United showed their Premier Division pedigree with goals from Nadeem Rashid, Alamgir Anwar and Umar Waqar.
In the tie of the round Station Hotel beat a resilient Lanway FC by the odd goal in nine as they had to fight all the way to reach the last 16. Adam Parker, Dominic Jones, Adam Crew, Brady Thomas and Paul Birkett helped Station to a 5-4 win. Trawden Venue beat Timmy Ts 5-2 in an all-Premier Division encounter to join seven other top division sides in the last 16. A Tom Swindells hat-trick and goals from Ben Gorman and Darren Bowden proved enough for Trawden. Timmys replied with a Michael Uprichard double.
Crown FC bounced back from their first defeat of the season to beat Paak AFC 4-1. Danny Craig, Ross Unthank, Lloyd Whiteoak and Mark Dutton were on target for Crown. Sacred Heart enjoyed the greatest victory margin, beating Colne Town 10-1. Braces from Matthew Aspinall, Carl Ellerton, Chris Whiteoak, Danny Robinson and goals from Ben Whitaker and Ady Lamb secured a comfortable win.
A James Broderick goal was enough for SKK Blacko to beat T&R Precision 1-0, and a solitary goal from substitute Majid Ali was enough for Pendle Athletic to beat Colne Cougars. A Jimmy Gray double and goals from Lewis Rowan and Chris Walton helped Lord Nelson to a 4-3 win against Barnoldswick Barons, and the other two ties went to penalties. Sacred Heart Celtic Development Squad beat Shooters Clarets 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Andrew McDowell and Harry Kavanagh were on target for Celtic, while Anthony Warren and Kurt Wilkinson replied for Shooters. Pendle Renegades beat Life Athletic 5-3 on penalties after another 2-2 draw. Scott Myers put Renegades ahead, but a Zohaib Zaman brace gave Athletic the lead. Matt Garber levelled.