By Jack Wynne
The game started with little between the two sides, John Ripley the UCLan goalkeeper making a good save early on. It seemed to be a close drawn affair from the off and UCLan made some strong advances which culminated in Liam Cassidy’s fine effort being blocked in the 20th minute.
Then came two goals in quick succession from the away side which sparked some controversy as the half appeared to be over but the umpire still hadn’t called time. An unfortunate turn of events just before the half way mark with the game looking pretty even.
The second half seemed to run away from UCLan with 7 more goals for the away side, Phil West grabbing the consolation with just under an hour played.
Overall, UCLan succumbed to a better side despite the questionable amount of time played in the 1st half and failed to come back after the half time whistle.
UCLan striker Ambrose Hallett commented: “That the 2 goals in 3 minutes just before half time were after the whistle should have gone and therefore should not have stood.”
He did admit: “The performance was under par and the side wasn’t organised enough but the cup exit allows the side to focus solely on the league.”
The result means UCLan exit the cup in the 2nd round after having previously brushed aside the Bangor 2nd team 7-0.
Coincidentally, Bangor is the destination of their next league fixture in what should be a highly competitive game with both sides at the top of the table.