Photos from Poulton SFC’s clash with Preston’s Hesketh in the LFA Sunday Trophy.

Poulton SFC came closer than the 2-4 scoreline suggests to progressing in sunday league’s equivalent of ‘Europe’.

They went 1-0 up in the first half through Guy Sharrock and were looking comfortable until Hesketh’s best player the slightly-built midfielder Nellie equalised.

Before half-time Hesketh made it 2-1 through centre forward Theo Webber, his 30 yard left footed strike leaving Poulton’s young keeper Josh Wood with no chance.

Chris Apaloo went down in the box, sandwiched between Paynter and another defender but the usually reliable Poulton skipper Gareth fegan saw his spot-kick saved and the chance to equalise lost.

In the second half Hesketh struck first, Nellie’s pin-point right wing cross expertly converted by Webber’s header at the far post.

Poulton then proceeded to batter the Hesketh defence with chances going begging. Apaloo finally got one with a jinking run inside the box and a smashed shot into the roof of the net.

The equaliser seemed on as Poulton pressed, winning corner after corner but to no avail.

Hesketh’s final goal came on the break in the last few minutes, a great individual effort from the left winger.

Hesketh’s Theo Webber (left), two cracking goals helping his side to the Quarter Finals. Referee Stevie Maher had to face the flak of the opposition supporters, he probably wished he was at Prebonds reffing Quilligans!

Poulton’s young keeper Josh Wood pulled off some great saves today

Team-mates congratulate Webber on Hesketh’s second goal

A familiar figure at the back for Hesketh, current Mechanics and former Squires Gate captain Paul Paynter.

Poulton skipper Gareth Fegan sees his penalty saved at 1-2 down. Striker Chris Apaloo had gone down in the box to earn the spot kick earning Mr Maher hoots of derision from the travelling support. It had looked like a pen from where we were but afterwards the honest Apaloo claimed he had slipped in the mud!

Motion blur makes for an artistic photo of Chris Apaloo and Paul Paynter.