IT TOOK until the 70th minute for the floodgates to open in Tic Dynamos of Overton and Middleton’s Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup second round tie at College AFC.
Josh Draycott got a quickfire hattrick to put his side 3-0 but with the game apparently won, College took their foot of the pedal, which nearly proved costly when with just five minutes remaining Daniel Hodges scored an own goal.
Tic raised their game again and it proved fruitful when Robert Goldsborough made it 3-2 to leave College hanging on, but hang on they did to record a 3-2 victory and book a place in round three.
In the third round of the competition Caton United succumbed to Storeys, who have failed to win in the league so far this season.
Storeys had a good spell of early pressure and from a throw-in Steve Stirzaker turned and his shot was too good for the defenders, who could only stand and watch as the ball flew into the net to give Storeys a well-deserved lead after 15 minutes.
In a rare Caton attack after 25 minutes a desperate lunge on a Caton attacker brought about a penalty. Jordan Sparks stepped up and scored with a well-placed shot to bring his side level.
Straight from the re-start Storeys again took the lead when Stirzaker scored his second with another well-taken goal as Caton defenders were still celebrating the equaliser.
After 40 minutes it was 3-1 when Andy Doggart beat his marker to score with a hard shot.
The second half was much better for Caton as they came out fighting to get back into the game.
Storeys defence stood firm following Caton pressure until goal-poacher Chris Wright reacted first to turn the ball into the net to make it 3-2.
More pressure from Caton brought an equaliser after 60 minutes when an inch-perfect pass from Wright between two defenders found Nathan Jackson, who coolly shot under the keeper and into the net.
In the 70th minute Storeys’ Doggart beat his marker and from 20 yards his shot was too good for the keeper to put Storeys back into the lead, which proved to be the last goal.
The winner of the Bentham versus Arnside game will take on Storeys in the next round.
Kirkby Lonsdale, who beat much-fancied Highgrove in the last round, came down to earth with a bang when they entertained another of the favourites Carnforth Rangers.
From the first whistle to the end they hardly got a kick as Carnforth dominated the whole of the game, winning 8-0. Carnforth scored their goals at regular intervals with Adam Iley, Gavin Darby, Asa Stone, Ricky Ball (hattrick), Daniel Syson and Damien Murphy.
In Division One of the North Lancashire League Bolton-le-Sands moved up to fourth after thrashing Cartmel Reserves in a one-sided 5-2 win. The goals for Bolton-le-Sands were scored by Alex Batson, Daniel Shepherd, Adam Binns, and Daniel Atkinson but the goal of the game was by veteran Andy Banks, who pushed the ball past his marker, ran round the other way and delicately chipped over the keeper from 30 yards.
Cartmel Reserves managed two goals through Sean McClure and Richard Spendlove.