A delightful Dylan Moonan goal ultimately proved to be in vain as Atherton Collieries were beaten 2-1 by Bacup Borough in the Lancashire FA Trophy.
Moonan’s magic had given the Colls the lead heading into half-time, but a Malachi Clarke equaliser and Kyle Siddle penalty were enough to see Bacup leave the Skuna Stadium with a place in round three of the competition.
The away side’s brightest spell of the first forty-five came in the early stages, and culminated in the game’s first big chance, with Ben Thompson seeing his shot from close range ultimately scrambled off the line.
From there though, it was a half largely dominated by the Colls, with Rio Pemberton coming close to giving the hosts the lead on his return to the side, only to his effort palmed behind by Borough ‘keeper Lewis North.
The deadlock would eventually be broken by Moonan, who had already gone close on a previous marauding run from centre-back, and was absolutely perfect with his aim second time around, as his spectacular long-range effort took a slight nick off the crossbar and nestled into the back of the net.
But Bacup would come battling back after the break, with Clarke capitalising on a miscommunication in the Colls back line to level things up at 1-1.
And it was 2-1 to the visitors when Pemberton was judged to have brought Brad Hancock down inside the area, and the subsequent spot-kick was successfully converted by substitute Siddle.
Attention for Atherton Collieries turns swiftly back to the Northern Premier League, as they travel to take on Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.