|IAG FC find the going tough in the League Cup|
Two draws and two defeats see a tough baptism of fire for IAG FC in the CSIP NW MH League Cup in Manchester...
The curse of injury, late withdrawals and no shows struck again as IAG FC entered the pre season North West Mental Health League Cup competition at the Central Powerleague (formerly known as the JJB) in Manchester.
Fielding a side with three new players and only having a couple of subs, the team put up some brave performances and were in no way disgraced. First up were the highly fancied Birmingham side Fanon FC who had finished runners up over in Austria at the summers' EASI Cup. IAG performed well although always outclassed, and eventually succumbed 0-2.
A short break then a hard fought fixture against old friends Salford East. In a match that could have been won by either side, a 1-1 draw was probably the fairest result, Chris Tipton the Macclesfield sides' scorer. Merseycare A from Division 1 were next on the list and despite taking the lead with a cleverly worked goal from Jerry Lakin, IAG finally went down 1-3. The last game saw IAG lock horns with Calderdale from Halifax and a closely fought game saw new boy Steve Melton notch in a 1-1 draw. All in all, given the circumstances, IAG put up a great effort, but their tiny squad could never hope to fully compete in the latter stages of a lengthy tournament such as this, which was eventually won by Blackburn Ravers who beat New Way Forward 1-0 in the final.