PILKINGTONS required a slice of good fortune and an outstanding display from young goalkeeper Dan Finney to progress to the next round of the Liverpool County FA Cup against local Cheshire League rivals Windle.

They started bright enough and were ahead after just four minutes when full back Jake Worrall drove into the box and his good delivery was turned in by the Windle defender.

Pilks had further chances to go ahead with Smailes, Matty Taylor and Phil Marsh all wasting chances before Windle were awarded a penalty after 30 minutes. Andy Mines stepped up for Windle but keeper Finney redeemed himself for giving away the penalty by pulling off a save to preserve Pilks lead going into the half.

Pilks started the second half sloppy and it took 2-3 fine saves from Finney to keep them in the game but they finally succumbed as Windle equalised on 55 minutes.

As Windle pressed for the lead Finney denied them again and it took a bit of magic from a Taylor free-kick to get Pilks back into the lead.

But Windle responded to draw level again and with 15 minutes left this was turning into a real exciting cup-tie.

Pilks had the ball in the net twice but on both occasions they were disallowed but as it looked like we were entering a dreaded penalty shoot-out they came to life to put the game to bed.

With five minutes left, Luke Sephton spun on the edge of the box to fire Pilks into the lead and with Windle pressing for an equaliser Taylor wrapped the game up with a neat finish in injury time.