Cleator Moor Celtic could not have had a worse preparation for tonight’s scheduled County Cup quarter-final.

Celtic, the holders, are due to host Carlisle United still wincing over the memory of Saturday’s 8-1 pasting in the North West Counties League.

Only two league games survived the wintry conditions in the Hallmark Security sponsored Division One and Celtic’s first-ever visit to Lower Breck in Liverpool was one of them.

Their hosts play on an artificial surface at the Anfield Sports Centre, where volunteers had turned out in numbers in the morning to clear snow, and ensure that the First Division North game went ahead.

It turned out to be an effort that was really well rewarded as Breck went on to post their biggest home win of the season, while for Celtic it was their biggest defeat in this league.

Oscar Billington set the tone with the opener in the second minute after a poor clearance from Craig Rule gifted him a shot from just outside the box.

After two more goals from Stephen Milne, Billington added a second of his own in the 34th minute to give Breck a 4-0 lead at the break.

Celtic had a few chances in the first half but they looked as though they had forgotten how to play and a lack of training is starting to tell at this level.

A goal from Jay Colbeck and an own goal made it 6-0 for Breck early on in the second half, before Ryan Hall provided a crumb of comfort for Celtic with a consolation goal 17 minutes from time.

Darren Little and Leigh Dunn had chances as the visitors had a better second 45, but it was a trip to forget before regrouping to go again tonight.

Breck hit two late goals as Jamie Henders rounded off a good afternoon for the home side, with the win moving them into fourth place in the table.

Celtic's big local game with Carlisle United tonight kicks off at 7.30pm and they follow-up with two home league games, both 3pm kick offs, against Ashton Town on Saturday and then Steeton on February 16.