Connor to the rescue

Garstang V Eagley
Garstang V Eagley
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EAGLEY ................................ 3

GARSTANG .......................... 3

Garstang’s Centre back Conor Crossley netted with just six minutes to go to grab the Riversiders a point in a sea-saw match.

The locals had to regroup after 35 minutes when skipper Gary Fawcett suffered a serious facial injury after being accidentally trodden on.

Before his early departure the energetic midfielder had given the visitors the lead after just five minutes with an accurate finish following some excellent link up play by Swindlehurst and Mattichechia.

The game was very open from the kick off . Thornley made a comfortable save from Warburton then former PNE player Simon Whaley, who has recently took over as Eagley manager, volleyed a perfect cross from Cowor over the bar.

Then Eagley keeper McDonald punched away a vicious cross from Dodd as Garstang gained the upper hand.

Crossley an McEvoy were winning all their heading duals, with Graham tidying up the bits in front of them.

On 32 minutes an Ireland throw in down the line was headed on by Fawcett to Poole, who still had a lot to do, but he rounded the Keeper to make it 2-0.

Then came the serious injury to Fawcett who had been so influential in the first half hour and could now be out of action for over a month.

Roskell came on, but Eagley seized on Garstang’s misfortune. Graham hacked a Whaley cross off the line, Ireland blocked a goalbound effort and then Thornley did well to smother a close range strike by Cowor.

A quick break by Garstang saw Poole lob the keeper only to see the ball clear the crossbar.

Eagley dominated the early stages of the second half, although Mattichechia did bring a good save out of McDonald.

The hosts’ early second half superiority paid off in the 54th minute when Horam rose unchallenged to head home a Whaley corner.

Smith was booked for an over-zealous tackle on Mattichechia as Eagley dominated possession.

Thornley was in action again, doing well to get his hands to a Warburton free kick and Ireland completed the clearance.

Horum was booked for pulling back Poole, who had been a constant threat to the home team, and a quick throw by Dodd to Poole caught the home defence off guard, but he pulled his shot wide.

Graham was on hand to hook another Eagley corner off the line before Cower’s equaliser after 70 minutes.

Swindlehurst went close before Louth replaced Ireland. Garstang were still struggling to keep the Eagley forwards at bay, with Thornley having to produce a good save to thwart Whaley.

But he could do little about the hosts’ third goal, Cowor turning inside Louth before firing into the corner of the net.

With six minutes of normal time to go a resilient Garstang hit back. A long throw by Bell caused havoc in the home penalty box, Crossley having the last say by forcing the ball over the line.

In stoppage time Poole almost pinched it for Garstang, bringing a good save out of McDonald, and Beaconsby was booked for a desperate tackle on Swindlehurst.