ZAC HIBBERT returned from a rescue act at Marine to help Skelmersdale United into the last eight of the Liverpool Senior Cup.
The goalkeeper turned out for Skem's Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals last weekend, after manager Tommy Lawson had answered an SOS c all from Mariners boss Phil Brazier.
Brazier, deprived of the services of regular 'keeper Callum Williams due to injury, thrust Hibbert straight into his side against Witton Albion on Saturday, and was rewarded with a solid display from the former Southport man. Marine won the game 2-1.
“Tommy did us a real favour,” said Brazier. “I was ringing round everybody I knew on Friday to try and get a goalkeeper in, and Tommy came through for us. I owe him a debt of gratitude there.
“Zac did well for us too, he made some great saves and was really solid. He went back to Skem on Tuesday, and we thank both him and the club for helping us out.”
Hibbert's return to Skem was equally productive, as his crucial penalty save helped Lawson's men to a 4-3 shootout victory over Ashton Town, after the sides had played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Edge Green Road.
Goals from Adam Morning and Dean Astbury had looked to have given Skem the victory in normal time, but a last-minute leveller from Liam Rushton forced penalties. Hibbert was Skem's hero, saving from Kevin Brownrigg, before a miss from Jordan Lorde gave his side the win.
Skem are in league action this weekend, as they host Stocksbridge Park Steels. Lawson's men will be looking to ensure they head into Christmas top of the table. They currently sit two points ahead of second-placed Chorley, who have three games in hand. Worksop Town, who like Skem have played 23 games so far, are also within touching distance.
So too, are fourth-placed AFC Fylde, whom Skem visit on Boxing Day. Fylde visit Kings Lynn Town on Saturday, whilst Chorley host Buxton and Worksop are at Frickley.