Stockport Town were defeated 2-0 away at Cammell Laird on Tuesday night as they were dumped out of the LWC Drinks First Division Cup.
Goals from Joseph Malkin and a Joshua Maldon penalty was enough to see the home side through to the Third Round draw.
The Lions got off to a good start and maintained possession for the early minutes of the match, with Ben Connolly going close but saw his shot well covered by the goalkeeper.
Town’s good start all came to nothing as Cammell Laird took the lead, as a simple long ball over the top found Malkin inside the box, and the striker duly fired past Dylan Forth in goal.
Both sides went close to scoring midway through the first half, with Ben Halfacre almost equalising for Stockport, meanwhile Laird almost doubled their lead, had it not been for a fantastic save form Forth in goal.
The second half saw Town go close once again, this time through Ashley Stott, but the striker miscued his effort from just five yards out.
Stockport’s missed chances would come back to bite them as Robert Wallis was judged to have brought down a Laird player inside the penalty box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Forth did his best to put off Maldon but the midfielder sent Forth the wrong way to make it 2-0.
At this point the hosts began to tie up the game and looked to see out the final 20 minutes with a possession game.
The Lions gave full debuts to numerous youngsters, most of which have come through the ranks at U21 and U18 level, but it wasn't to be their night as Laird saw out the match to the final whistle and progress into the next round.