Baker lays down challenge to Garstang squad

Garstang FC drew 3-3 when they travelled to Crooklands Casuals at the weekend
Garstang FC drew 3-3 when they travelled to Crooklands Casuals at the weekend
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Garstang boss Lee Baker admitted to mild disappointment following Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Crooklands Casuals.

Although the draw extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions, the Riversiders had led three times.

While unhappy his players could not see out the game, Baker placed the point in some context.

“I’m a bit disappointed because, when you lead a game three times, you expect to come away with a win,” he admitted.

“However, we’re on a good unbeaten run and you know, at any standard of football you play – be it Premier League or our level – that you’re going to have a bad game somewhere down the line.

“We didn’t get personal with any of the players after the game because, although the mistakes were uncharacteristic, it was one of those days where we made three mistakes and got punished three times.

“I said after the game that we should go again because we’re unbeaten for a number of games and we’re capable of doing it again, starting on 
Saturday.”

Next up for Baker’s players is Saturday’s Lancashire Shield quarter-final against AFC Monton.

The Manchester League side visit the Riverside for a 1.30pm kick-off.

“We’ve done a bit of research on them and I think they’ll be a bit similar to us in many respects,” Baker said.

“It’s hard to gauge whether the Manchester League is the same standard as the West Lancashire League but they are fifth in their league and have the potential to do well.

“They do score goals – we’ve looked at their results – but they also concede as well. Hopefully we’ll be able to put up the barriers and grind them down. The first 20 or 30 minutes will be a typical cup tie with both sides trying to find each other out.”