Sunday League: Empire aiming to take winning form into cup
EMPIRE United boss Andy Cawte has challenged his side to build on their first win of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Sunday League season by grabbing a victory in the cup this weekend.
Empire bounced back from losing their first two games of the new division one season by beating newly-promoted Grimsby Warriors 7-2.
Now Cawte wants more of the same against Clee Community ESL in the Senior Challenge Cup.
Empire overcame Warriors thanks to a Lee Croft hat-trick, two from Tom Wingate plus strikes from Danny O'Hare and Paul Richardson. Paul Leshone and Thomas Rimington replied for Warriors.
Cawte said: "It was a decent game and we had a near full-strength side out.
"We made the most of our chances and the goals went in.
"This weekend we'll be up against a good young side who score goals.
"Sam Brooks is known to us as a useful player. We should have a good side out with a couple returning from holiday and new signing Dale Mason making his debut. This should give us pace going forward and more options up front."
Crows Nest boss Terry Hanley admitted he was relieved to escape with a point from his side's division two match against Tap and Spile.
The young Crows side earned a 3-3 draw.
Dave German and a brace from Luke Fanthorpe – one a last-minute penalty – did the business for Crows.
Manager Hanley said: "Tap & Spile probably deserved to win, but we rescued a point right at the end.
"This weekend we take on DMS in the Senior Challenge Cup.
"We'll have a good side out because it will be a tough one.
"It will be an interesting game. Our good football might just surprise DMS."
In another division two match,
Inkworks beat Pattesons 2-0 thanks to strikes from Darren Lambert and Jimmy Nicholson.
Pattesons secretary Gary Precious said: "We were beaten by a very good, workmanlike side who took their chances.
"They restricted us to a single chance right near the end.
"We'll be a good side once we get going. Next weekend we meet the top side in division one, Humberston, in the Senior Challenge Cup.
"We are not frightened of them and hope to give them a good run for their money.
"We hope to have a full-strength side out, who are looking forward to the challenge. If we can shackle Louis Grant and Liam Davis we might stand a chance."