North West Counties League Challenge Cup first round
Holker Old Boys 2 Leek CSOB 0
BRETT Barlow's boys were hoping for a repeat performance of two seasons ago.
When the two clubs met in an identical fixture the Old Boys emerged as 4-0 winners.
However, it was the Barrow in Furness boys who were victorious on this occasion.
Because of the 9am departure time needed for the coach trip, Leek were without a trio of key players who work on Saturday mornings.
They included midfielder John Drummond who was outstanding in the 6-1 defeat of Northwhich Flixton Villa in the week.
The two other players unavailable were experienced defender Ashley Wooliscroft and goalkeeper Lewis Rhodes.
The understrength visitors cup hopes were dashed midway through the second half by a quick two-goal strike.
Jamie Pattinson and Jamie-Paul Stanway neeted for Holker within the space of nine minutes. The Old Boys travel again this Saturday when they face Brocton away in the first round of the Staffordshire FA Vase.
Stafford-based Brocton are currently unbeaten at the top of the Midland Combination Premier Division.
Leek CSOB 6 Northwich Flixton Villa 1
OLD Boys returned to action with a vengeance last Tuesday night, when they hit their visitors for six.
Northwich had surprisingly trounced Division One leaders Hanley Town 5-1 four days earlier.
But the Old Boys never looked after surging into a two-goal lead in the opening 12 minutes.
It Dwayne Spence and Tom Lowe who gave the hosts their perfect start.
Spence went on to complete a hat-trick and added strikes from Kieron Ball and Ollie Mellor made sure the Old Boys collected all three points.
Northwich's solitary reply came from Dylan Norris six minutes from time.
"It was only a matter of time before we satrted scoring goals and giving someone a hiding," said a delighted Old Boys boss Brett Barlow.