Dog Inn made it three wins on the trot with a hard fought victory over Black Bull at Wilson’s.
Looking to build on last week’s terrific 12-2 win over Great Harwood Rovers, Dog started brightly and deserved the lead provided by Nick Lord’s close range finish.
They should have extended their advantage and paid a high price when two goals in five minutes saw the Haslingden side take a shock lead.
However, captain Liam Hill-Parker drove home an equaliser through the despairing hands of the Black Bull keeper, before Ollie Steele finished clinically to give Dog the lead at the interval.
The second half was a cagey affair and things got even more tense when Black Bull equalised with a soft goal following an uncleared corner.
They had chances to retake the lead, but it was Dog who did so when Luke Conti’s barnstorming run set up Steele for his second goal of the game and his fourth in two matches. Conti himself had the final word, running through on goal and slotting home to secure the win. For the second game in succession, Nick Lord was man-of-the-match.
Dog manager Simon Kerins was delighted with the three points, but knows that the side must improve if they are to defeat cup holders Church in next Sunday’s quarter-final:
“We played very well in patches, but we didn’t have the same fluidity that was such a feature of our performance last week.”
Final Score: Dog Inn 5, Black Bull 3