Main suffer Challenge Cup exit at the first hurdle

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PERCY Main exited the Northern Alliance’s Kicks Leisure Challenge Cup at the first hurdle following Saturday’s defeat at Harraby United.

Despite working hard and enjoying a fair amount of possession during the first half, the Villagers were unable to breach the home defence, thanks mainly to some resolute defending by Harraby, who were perhaps fortunate to not have conceded a penalty when Chris Bell appeared to be pushed in the back.

Percy Main’s Chris Doig had the best chance with a one-on-one with goalkeeper Jack Twentyman, but the home custodian was relieved to see his left footed shot roll inches wide of the post, in what turned out to be the visitors best chance of the afternoon.

The missed chance proved costly and it was the Cumbrians who went in at the interval a goal to the good when Aaron Roberts fired into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Only 20 seconds after the restart Harraby doubled their lead as Darren Addison raced clear and produced a clever finish to beat Rob McGregor in the visitors goal and Mark Thompson sealed his side’s win with a looping back post header on 65 minutes.

This Saturday Percy Main return to league action and face Hebburn Reyrolle at Purvis Park – kick off is 2.30pm.