Baker: Thornton have the recipe to be difficult opponents

Garstang and Euxton Villa played out a goalless draw at the weekend

Garstang and Euxton Villa played out a goalless draw at the weekend

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Lee Baker wants his Garstang players to start on the front foot when they host Thornton Cleveleys on Saturday (3pm).

The Riversiders’ boss saw his players share the spoils with a goalless draw at Euxton Villa last time out.

They have already met Thornton once this season with Alan Coar’s goal giving Garstang victory in October’s reverse fixture.

Saturday’s visitors are eighth in the West Lancashire League Premier Division table, three places and nine points adrift of Baker’s players.

“We know a few of their players as well as what they like to do and how they like to play,” Baker said.

“They have always been a good team and they can pick from the Blackpool area which is a good one to pick from.

“We will have our game plan in place but we have to keep things tight.

“If you let them get in front then they can be a hard side to get anything from so it’s important that we keep in the game.”

A quick glance at the fixture list also outlines the possible rewards on offer for Baker’s squad over the next few weeks.

In addition to league games which can help them close in on the top three, they also have key cup ties.

There is a Lancashire Shield semi-final against Burscough Richmond on February 22, followed by a Richardson Cup semi-final with Tempest United on March 4.

However, Baker is not looking too far ahead and allowing anyone to get carried away.

“We aren’t seeing it that way,” he said when asked about the significance of the next few weeks.

“I don’t want to think about any semi-final because Thornton Cleveleys is a massive game.

“I know it’s a cliche but we only look forward to our next game; you can’t look five or six games ahead if you lose your next one.”