AMBLESIDE United and Kendal County prepared for their Westmorland Senior Challenge Cup clash against each other this weekend with terrible results in the West Lancashire League this weekend.
Ambleside United had a disastrous second half in their home match against Turton in Division One, conceding six goals as they were thumped 8-2.
Early play was evenly contested until after 10 minutes Turton took the lead with a well-struck shot into the far corner of the net by Jordan McLoughlin.
Ambleside soon equalised when Lloyd Trippitt’s pass was steered into the net by Shaun Gardner.
It continued to be an even affair but Turton regained their lead just before the interval when a low shot from McLoughlin evaded the home keeper to give Turton a 2-1 lead at half time.
The second half started well for Ambleside when Simon Rawnsley, who impressed for Kendal Town against Eastwood Town 12 days ago, placed his shot wide of the keeper for an equaliser.
But Ambleside hopes were soon dashed when Sam Benson put the ball into his own net while attempting a clearance and from then on it was one-way traffic as Turton took control, scoring at regular intervals with the Ambleside defence all at sea.
McLoughlin completed his hat-trick with Dean Halewood adding a triple of his own, before Steve Fitton rounded off a resounding win for the away side.
In Division Two Kendal County were soundly beaten 4-1 at Bolton County as Kendal’s opponents opened up a four-point cushion between themselves and their rivals for promotion.
Kevin Pickering scored the consolation goal for Kendal County after a brace by Linford Stewart and goals from Tom Aspin and Sakeel Aedullah, which saw Kendal down to fifth in the league.
Bottom club Milnthorpe Corinthians showed signs of improvement as they almost gleaned a point from their 3-2 home defeat to Todmorden Borough.
James Parkinson gave Milnthorpe the lead after five minutes when he was the first man to react to the rebound after a Jason Dixon free kick hit the crossbar.
But in the 36th and 37th minutes, Todmorden struck a hammer blow to Milnthorpe by scoring two goals in two minutes through Ben Whitham and Oliver Wood.
Whitham put Todmorden 3-1 up 10 minutes into the second half but the Corinthians fought back through another Parkinson goal to give themselves every chance of getting a result.
With two minutes left, Milnthorpe had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside, and the Corinthians were forced to accept another defeat.
Mike Webster got the only got of the game for Gsk Ulverston Rangers in their Furness derby game at home to Barrow Wanderers .
The win moved Ulverston up to ninth in the table.