Non-league: Darwen seal cup upset at Kendal

Chorley Citizen: Darwen celebrate a goal at Kendal Picture: RICHARD EDMONDSON Darwen celebrate a goal at Kendal Picture: RICHARD EDMONDSON

AFC DARWEN stunned Evo-Stik League First Division North side Kendal Town to book a place in the last four of the Lancashire Challegne Trophy.

Darwen, who ply their trade in the North West Counties League First Division, flew out of the blocks and built up a 3-0 half time lead.

Despite home side Kendal, who play three divisions above Darwen, pulling two goals back in the second half the visitors held on to secure a famous win.

A Daniel McGahon own goal gave Darwen the lead and Bobby Langford made it two midway through the first half.

Lee Turner added a third on the half hour and it looked as if Darwen, 12th in their league, would coast through.

But Daniel Coid pulled one back for Kendal 10 minutes after the break and Oliver Mathieson’s goal on the hour meant for a nervy final 30 minutes.

But Darwen held on as they bid to win the competition for what would be just the second time in their history.

Nelson, the giant-killers of the last round after they beat Lancaster City, couldn’t quite repeat the feat against holders AFC Fylde.

On-loan Accrington Stanley striker Marcus Carver scored twice for Fylde in the 3-2 win.

Nelson made the worst possible start when they conceded in the first minute to Joseph Booth but the visitors responded and Robert Grimes levelled on seven minutes.

Carver restored the home side’s lead just after the half hour but Richie Allen levelled just before the break only for Carver’s 53rd minute strike to settle the tie.

Bacup & Rossendale Borough came close to causing an upset of their own away at Bamber Bridge.

Brent Peters’ side stormed into a two-goal lead thanks to Simon Thompson’s brace but four goals in the last 20 minutes saw the home side through.

Curtis Thompson halved the deficit on 71 minutes before Matthew Kay drew Bridge level two minutes later. Kay struck again to put the hosts in front and Jamie Hastings’ 87th minute strike sealed the win.

Elsewhere Chorley were 2-0 winners at home to Ramsbottom United thanks to goals from Dale Whitham and Alex Meaney.

The draw for the last four has yet to be made.

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