AFTER six weeks without a match, Hesketh Bank’s first team finally got some action as they travelled to Cumbria to play mid-table Furness Rovers who they defeated 3-0 at home back in September.
Manager James Smith was forced to make some changes being without the services of several players through injury and suspension.
He introduced new signings Jamie Dalton who played up front with skipper Dan Birkby and Andrew Tomlinson who took a place on the bench.
On a cold winter’s afternoon the match got under way on a decent pitch which is directly adjacent to Barrow AFC’s Blue Square Bet League Premier Division ground.
The early skirmishes produced very little at either end with both defences on top.
The breakthrough came after 15 minutes when a Furness defender powerfully headed an in-swinging corner from Jordan Smethurst past his own startled keeper.
Shortly after Furness were given the opportunity to equalise when a through ball found an unmarked home forward but keeper Paul Sergeant was quick off his line to block the effort and the score remained 1-0 at the interval.
Five minutes into the second-half this was doubled when a fine cross from the left from defender Adam Thompson was slotted home at the far post by Josh Norgate.
The home side did not look as though they would get back into the game as the Hesketh Bank defence stood firm however Zak Gibbs did have to clear a header off the line following a corner after 65 minutes.
A minute later Furness got back into the match when a cross from the left was headed home at the far post.
Josh Norgate and Jamie Dalton both had chances to increase the lead again but both headed over and shot wide from close range respectively.
With time running out and the referee about to blow the final whistle, the inevitable happened as Hesketh Bank squandered their two goal lead when another cross was met at the far post by an unmarked Furness forward who gleefully headed home to give his side a share of the points.
The result means that Hesketh Bank remain sixth in the table and are now eight points off a promotion spot although they have two games in hand.
Meanwhile at the Centenary Sports Ground the spectators who braved the cold weather were rewarded with a rip roaring cup-tie as the reserves defeated Lostock St Gerard’s 5-4 on a penalty shoot -out following a 3-3 draw at the end of full-time with Marc Pincard, Bradley Haddock and John Ascroft scoring the goals.
They will now face Lytham Town at home on March 2 in the next round.
This Saturday the first team will play Ambleside United in the Presidents Cup first round at The CSG while the reserves have a league match at Longridge Town with both encounters kicking-off at 2pm.
FOR up to date details check out the club’s official website www.heskethbankafc.co.uk