Contentious penalty the decisive moment

Sales and Marketing Manager Tony Johnson from Bay Radio presents Conor Crossley  with his Man of the match award following the titanic clash between local rivals Garstang and Slyne with Hest.
Sales and Marketing Manager Tony Johnson from Bay Radio presents Conor Crossley with his Man of the match award following the titanic clash between local rivals Garstang and Slyne with Hest.

Garstang 0

Slyne with Hest 1

Slyne claimed the bragging rights with a hotly-disputed penalty two minutes from time in a game watched by a crowd in excess of 150 down at the ‘Riverside’ on August 20.

Already without Helliwell, Fawcett, Dodd and Osbourne, manager Swan had a further blow when striker Matty Poole failed a fitness test before the game.

It was a very tight and tense affair without either side creating a real chance until the 24th minute when a great cross from Anderson was headed over by Gardner who had replaced Poole in the Garstang line-up.

The last five minutes of the first half saw two good chances for Slyne to take the lead, firstly Love heading over from a corner then a Crossley mistake letting in Howarth, Brindle having to make a brilliant save to keep the scores level at the break.

As the second half got under way it was Garstang who looked the most likely to open the scoring, Price made a good save with his legs from Hastings following a good run down the right by Bell. Jackson was then booked for a heavy challenge on Hastings and from the resulting free kick Baker headed over.

The visitors had been reduced to a couple of half chances before Gardner again put his shot over the bar after good work by Glennie and Gierke.

With time running out Melling cut in from the left and brought another good save out of Price in the Slyne goal.

Disaster struck for Garstang with little over two minutes of normal time to go. Uproar broke out when Anderson was adjudged to have handled on the line, the decision strongly disputed by every Garstang player. Anderson was sent off and Ogley converted the kick.

There was still time for Baker to spoon another chance over the bar and for Slyne’s Jackson to be sent off for going through Draycott from the back, before the final whistle.

Garstang: Brindle, Glennie, Anderson, Baker, Crossley, Draycott, Bell, Hastings, Gardner, Gierke, Melling. Substitutes: Benson, Sutcliffe, Danboyi, Louth

Slyne with Hest: Price, Parkinson, Galley, Davies, Greenwood, Jackson, Chalmers, Buller, Love, Moore, Howarth. Substitutes: Ogley, Evans, Dodwell, Elderton

The game was kindly sponsored by The Bay Radio and chose Conor Crossley as Garstang’s man of the match.