STILL being in with a chance of claiming two pieces of silverware is going a long way to making up on missing out on promotion for Walney Island.

Runaway duo Horwich St Mary's Victoria and Croston Sports have already sewn up the top two place in West Lancashire League Division Two, with Walney among the sides fighting it out for third spot.

However, a 4-0 win at home to Holker Old Boys reserves last Saturday put Island through to the semi-finals of the Furness Senior Cup to go with their place in the Challenge Cup last four.

And for manager Steve McCullough, the manner of those results has been as pleasing as keeping their cup runs going.

"We've lost out on promotion, so it's good to get a couple of semi-finals under our belt," said McCullough.

"The last two quarter-finals, we kept two clean sheets which we haven't done for quite a few months now, which was pleasing.

"As a team, we're always creating chances, but the clean sheets have been the most pleasing."

The draw for the Challenge Cup semis sees Walney hosting the winners of tomorrow's outstanding quarter-final between Kendal United and Croston, with Dalton United and Furness Rovers contesting the other.

Island lost 3-2 at home to Croston in the league back in November and were beaten 4-1 in the return fixture at the start of February.

McCullough was encouraged by what he saw in those games though and is confident his side can overcome Croston if they meet again as Walney aim to finish on a high after being unable to build on a strong start in the league.

"We had a great start to the season, but we drew too many games," said McCullough. "We had a good run in the Amateur Cup and while we were doing that, Croston and Horwich were playing league games and winning them.

"That got a bit of a gap between us and, to be fair, they've run away with it, but we've had some good games against both teams. I wouldn't mind getting it against Croston again because I think we're more than capable of beating them."

Tomorrow sees fellow cup semi-finalists Rovers visit Tummerhill for a Division Two derby clash and a win would go a long way to securing a third-place finish.

"Us, Dalton and Furness Rovers can all finish in third, which is great for the area, and I think Furness are in the driving seat at the moment," said McCullough.

"We need a win, really, so it's going to be a good game. It's two very equal teams, a local derby and anything can happen."

Tomorrow's West Lancashire League fixtures

Premier Division (3pm): Vickerstown v Blackpool Wren Rovers.

Division One (3pm): Hawcoat Park v Askam United, Millom v Lytham Town, Ulverston Rangers v Eagley.

Division Two (3pm): Furness Cavaliers v Croston Sports, Walney Island v Furness Rovers.