WEST LANCS LEAGUE: Josh Lee holds his nerve in Eagley's cup shootout win

First published in Football The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , sports writer

JOSH Lee was the hero for Eagley FC, scoring the decisive spot-kick as they booked their place in the semi-final of the Richardson Cup following a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Garstang.

The match finished 1-1 after Heath Ainscow’s 15th-minute opener was cancelled out by the visitors on the stroke of half-time.

Ainscow turned villain after being sent off, but Simon Haworth’s side saw out the final half hour with 10 men before winning the shoot-out 5-4.

“It was an excellent result and the lads showed great attitude,” said Haworth.

“We had worked hard on our fitness and it really paid off.”

Tempest United held Coppull United to a 0-0 draw in the Premier Division, but assistant manager Gary Westhead believed it was two points dropped.

He said: “I thought we dominated the game from the start but the chances were not converted.”

In Division One, an under-strength Bolton County side lost 3-2 at BAC/EE Preston.

With seven first-team players unavailable, County were forced to make wholesale changes in defence, but Josh Morris gave them hope after opening the scoring following a mazy run.

Preston fired back with two goals of their own, but Morris equalised just before the break.

The home side ended up capitalising on defensive errors to claim all three points, but survived a late penalty shout when Morris was brought down in the box and the referee waved play on.

Turton earned a good point with a 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Hesketh Bank.

The home side took the lead with a header before the break, but after missing a succession of chances Ally Dickson eventually equalised from close range late in the game to ensure a share the points.

In Division Two, CMB leapfrogged local rivals Ladybridge into ninth spot after an Andrew Warburton goal earned them a 1-0 win against Haslingden St Mary’s.

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