TOTTINGTON United were knocked out of the Lancashire FA Amateur Cup after losing 3-1 at home to Bolton United, of the Mid Lancashire League Premier Division, in their rescheduled tie.

The match was finally played at the third attempt due to the recent bad weather after being moved to the all-weather surface at Ordsall in Salford.

The two sides were evenly matched in a goalless first half, which was played in extremely wet conditions that both sets of players struggled to adapt to.

It looked as though the decision to move the game from their home pitch was a good one, however, after Tottington took the lead on the hour when new defender Nick Street fired in a well struck shot from the edge of the box.

But Bolton to raised their game after going behind and their pace up front started to stretch Tottington's defence.

They equalised on 70 minutes after Nadir Patel turned home a cross from the left at the back post for the first of a quick-fire hat-trick.

Tottington continued to push forward in search of the winner but Bolton picked them off on the counter attack and took the lead five minutes after levelling when Patel netted with a neat strike across Totty goalkeeper Dan Holland.

Bolton made the result safe 10 minutes from time when Patel took advantage of a defensive lapse as Tottington tried in vain to get back into the game. Bolton United progress into the quarter-finals while Tottington resume return to action in the Premier Division of the Lancashire Amateur League on Saturday at home to Wardle, weather permitting.