COLNE will host Eccleshall in the last eight of the MEN United Cup after edging past Squires Gate in a thrilling encounter on Saturday.

Steve Cunningham’s North West Counties League Premier Division high flyers needed extra time to book their place in the last eight with a 5-2 triumph.


The Reds fell behind inside the opening seven minutes when Ash Rowley put the home side ahead but Kenny Taylor levelled before the break.

Jason Hart then put Colne in front eight minutes after the restart only for Mark Buchan to level things up for the Premier Division strugglers and send the tie into an extra 30 minutes.

But the visitors pulled away once Ben Allen had restored their lead just three minutes in. Danny Boyle quickly added a fourth and sealed the success with a penalty nine minutes from the end.

Padiham saw their home match with Runcorn Town fall victim to the weather while Bacup Borough’s home tie with Atherton Collieries suffered the same fate.

The two East Lancashire sides will meet in the last eight at the Arbories should they prevail in the rearranged ties on Wednesday, December 16.

Nelson conceded two goals in a minute as they suffered a 4-2 home reverse to Premier Division rivals Cammell Laird to bow out of the competition.

In an even encounter Ryan Mason put the visitors ahead just before the break but Adam Nuttall scored twice in quick succession for the home side to turn the match on its head early in the second half.

But Jamie Henders levelled on 63 minutes and within 60 seconds Joe Holt had put the visitors in front.

Nelson pushed for a leveller but Henders ended the contest five minutes from time.

Joseph Gaughan fired Barnoldswick Town to an impressive 1-0 victory over Runcorn Linnets in their first game since November 3.

Stewart Airdrie’s side are up to eighth in the table, just six points behind Linnets after a fine away performance.

In-form Colne continue to lead the standings and are nine points clear of Barlick.