Baker seeks recipe for improved Garstang FC performances

Garstang boss Lee Baker welcomes new signing Alex Colquhoun who made his debut against Coppull United
Garstang boss Lee Baker welcomes new signing Alex Colquhoun who made his debut against Coppull United

Garstang manager Lee Baker believes claiming three points was the best aspect of last weekend’s match against Coppull United.

On paper, a 3-2 victory on the opening day of the season is a platform on which to build for the West Lancashire League season ahead.

While acknowledging it was good to start with a win, Baker admitted the display left him with food for thought.

“The result is what it’s all about but we didn’t perform to the best level we could probably show,” he admitted.

“We got away with one but we’ve won and that’s the way we’re looking at it.

“I just think we can perform much better; we have done in the past and set our standards from there.

“The two goals we conceded were poor but, in some respects, we bounced back really well to score three.”

The Coar brothers, Rick and Alan, were responsible for helping Garstang to victory.

Rick scored twice and Alan once, leaving Baker confident in his side’s attacking abilities ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Longridge Town.

“They will always create stuff,” Baker said of the duo.

“I like clean sheets; last season we were keeping clean sheets but we weren’t scoring any goals.

“I brought Rick and Alan in to help us with that but without forgetting the other side of the game.”

Wednesday’s meeting is Garstang’s only game of the week with the club having a blank Saturday.

With 17 teams in the division, it means someone should always have a blank Saturday.

However, Baker is less than impressed with the situation.

“We haven’t got a Saturday fixture for most of the month,” he said. “I’m not happy about it but it’s something we have to deal with.”