FOLLOWING an improved performance in mid week away to leaders Hanley Town, Eccleshall entertained their Bolton visitors with renewed belief on Saturday.
Eccleshall, who lost out to a single injury time goal at Hanley, opened brightly and took an early lead after eight minutes when a shot by Dan Colclough flew into the top corner past the despairing Daisy Hill keeper, Steve Whittle.
Playing some nice football, Eccleshall opened up the Daisy Hill defence down the left but failed to find the finishing touches.
Daisy Hill had a chance on 20 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box but Simon Farrell blazed the kick over the bar. Just before half time Farrell hit a stinging shot which Eccleshall keeper Dave Dyson tipped over at full stretch.
The visitors went close early in the second half with a diving header from Scott Winstanley, as they pressed for an equaliser.
Following an Eccleshall attack Daisy Hill equalised when they broke with the ball, switched to Alex Mort who raced away with a defender in pursuit, his shot beating Dyson into the far corner.
Daisy Hill were pressing hard and Farrell almost scrambled a goal but Dan Counter cleared. Daisy Hill took the lead on 71 minutes when Ryan Mee hit a rising shot into the top corner, giving Dyson no chance.
Eccleshall responded and Mark Hall forced a good save out of Whittle. The visitors then went close when Craig Flowers headed just wide.
As Eccleshall attacked, Tom Allcroft almost gifted them with an own goal as his pacy back pass had Whittle scrambling across his goal.
The visitors had a free kick on the edge of the area which Mort put over and then at the other end Antony Marshall hit a similar free kick which stung the hands of Whittle as he palmed the kick clear. In the end, disappointment for Eccleshall who again failed to capitalise on their good outfield play.
In the Staffs County League Cup, Eccleshall AFCpulled off a fine 4-3 win at Florence, who had led 2-1 at the break, goals from Luke Standeven and Phil Mannion, with Callum Whittaker replying.
Jordan Peach added a third for the home side after the break but Eccleshall replied with another goal from Whittaker along with a goal each from Eddy Bailey and Jordan Alcock to steer Eccleshall into the next round.
On Saturday, Eccleshall entertain Northwich Flixton Villa in the North West Counties Challenge Cup, 3pm at Pershall Park. Eccleshall AFChave no game this weekend.