THE Senior Challenge Cup and Junior Cup competitions got under way , while there were a number of games played in The James Cropper Westmorland Football League on a busy Saturday afternoon of action.

Appleby began the defence of the Senior Challenge Cup with a dramatic 6-5 win at Penrith Reserve.

Appleby were 4-0 up at half time. However, Penrith scored four unanswered goals during the second half with Haydon Wilson scoring twice and Ryan Smith and Reece Graham finding the net.

With Penrith on top in the second half, Appleby managed to find the net twice more with Bobby Atkinson on the score sheet and, while Penrith piled on the pressure, Appleby held out to secure the win.

In the other games, Kendal County won 7-1 at Shap. County were drawing 1-1 at half time against the Division One underdogs, with Luke Frazer on the scoresheet.

However, Kendal scored six unanswered goals in the second half to prevail with Bailey Carlos scoring a hat trick, while Connor Walmsley’s brace and goals by Dan Ferguson and Peter Carradus sealed the win.

Kendal United edged into the third round following a 5-4 penalty shootout victory against Ibis at Castle Drive.

Kendal United edged in front when Bailey Kenny scored from the penalty spot in the second half.

However, Ibis stunned the hosts when Tyler Park scored from close range and despite both teams creating opportunities during extra time the game went to penalties.

Kendal United picked up the win after Darren Braithwaite missed for the visitors while Lewis Casey scored the match-winning spot kick for the hosts.

Keswick routed Endmoor KGR 6-0, Wetheriggs United won 5-1 at Castletown United while Windermere won 4-2 at Kirkby Stephen.

In the Junior Cup Kendal County Reserves progressed into the next round after they defeated Wetherigg United’s Reserves 4-0. Jacob Matthews, Darren Huck, Ben McGregor and Callum Moffat with the goals.

Burneside saw off Ibis Reserve 5-2, after Jay Hayton scored a hat trick, while C. Bell and D. Grindley completed the scoring.

Kirkoswald defeated Sedbergh Wanderers 3-1 in James Cropper Westmorland League Division One, while in Division Two, Appleby Reserves edged out Staveley United 2-1. Dent moved three points clear in second space after they defeated Ambleside United 4-1.

In Division Three, Mark Selby’s braced helped Endmoor KGR Reserve win 4-2 at Lunesdale United, four goals by Adam Carter eased Penrith Royal to an emphatic 8-1 victory against Penrith Saints, Kirkoswald Reserve won 4-1 at Sedbergh Wanderers Reserves while Staveley United’s Reserves defeated Ullswater United 4-3.