After a shock friendly victory over the 1sts last week, the 2nds were looking to bring that level of performance into the first game of the season against Cumbria Lancaster.
UCLan got off to a flier with a long throw from Shaun Kelly which reached Josh Dunroe who blazed a half volley just wide of the post. A minute later Dunroe took a free kick from the left hand side and whipped in a dangerous cross which was headed in at the back post.
UCLan continued to pile the pressure on Cumbria and weren’t satisfied with just the one goal. In the 15th minute Dunroe again whipped in an identical free kick which left the keeper in disarray and went straight into the top right hand corner.
Midway through the first half Threlkeld ran to the byline and crossed the ball in with Kelly attempting an acrobatic overhead kick that went just over the bar.
The 2nds attack was unstoppable at this point with captain Matty Dixon and Rex Kimona giving a solid performance at the centre of the defense, allowing the midfield to express themselves.
Cumbria were running out of ideas and resulted to playing long balls over the top throughout the first half. However they managed to pull a goal back which was cancelled out in the 30th minute by an early contender for goal of the season from Murrow.
A pass to Dunroe on the edge of the box was flicked straight into the path of Murrow who composed himself and placed the ball in the bottom left hand corner of the net.
With the game at 3-1 and UCLan dominating it was up to the reds to not get complacent and in the 63rd minute a tactical substitution was made by coach Andy Harrison with Kieran Schuker entering the game.
A minute later Schuker ran down the wing and played a low ball into the box for Murrow to tap in.
This substitution looked even better when Schuker ran down the wing and played another cross into the six yard area which the defender could only clear to Kelly who smashed the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot.
At 5-1 the game began to peter out but Cumbria claimed a consolation goal in stoppage time to make it 5-2 but it was clear from today’s performance that UCLan are taking this league very seriously!