A very close encounter for Veterans

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Clifton Casuals 1 - 1 
Garstang Fc Vets

Garstang Vets made the short journey to Lytham to take on Clifton Casuals and the game was a close encounter with the honours even at the end of 90 minutes.

Clifton Casuals have a host of ex-professional players to call upon but only Gavin McCann was available to start the game.

After two minutes Garstang forced a corner and the delivery found Allan Smith unmarked at the back post only three yards out. Smithy rose like a salmon but unfortunately he also headed the ball like a salmon and his effort went harmlessly wide. This was to be the visitor’s best chance of the half as at times they were pinned back by the home team.

As expected McCann was pulling the strings and some last ditch defending was required with Parky and Hands making several well timed tackles. Richard Wilson and Lee Nuttall were working overtime in the centre of the park to try and get the ball back but at times it was an impossible task.

At half time Parky rallied the troops and Alwyn Bradshaw was pushed up front to support Si Painter who was working tirelessly for. Clifton Casuals brought on former Scotland international and former Blackpool FC manager Colin Hendry.

Armstrong made a couple of good saves before the home side finally took the lead with a great goal. A cross was only half cleared and the ball dropped to home player who controlled the ball on the edge of the box, turned and put it in the top corner.

Then after some neat interplay Si Painter was clumsily fouled in the box and the penalty was duly awarded. He stepped forward and smashed home an unstoppable shot.

Squad: Marc Armstrong, Neil Parkinson, Allan Smith, Jamie Painter, Simon Hands, Sean Rafferty, Lee Nuttall, Richard Wilson, Colin Barber, Paul Bailey, Si Painter, Martin Lawrenson, Alwyn Bradshaw, Mark Bendall