Early goals seal reserves’ win

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Haslingdon St Mary’s 0

Garstang Res 2

Garstang finished the season with a well-deserved win at Haslingdon.

The game was won in the first 10 minutes. With eight minutes on the clock Swindlehurst played a ball through for Mower to chase.

Stand-in Haslingdon keeper Wade came charging out, blasted the ball at Mower and then watched in despair as the ball cannoned off the striker and rolled into the net.

Two minutes later ‘Swinny’ played another through-ball this time to Graham, whose first touch wrong-footed the defender and although his shot was straight at the keeper he was able to bundle in the rebound when Wade fumbled.

After this the game settled down with the cross-wind not making it easy for either side.

Gibbins came on for the injured Taylor Snr after 35 minutes and had a tidy game alongside a very strong Garstang defence of McAvoy, Miller and Butler.

Panepinto replaced Mower early in the second half and the fresh legs helped Garstang create the majority of chances. Roskell and Taylor worked hard in the centre of midfield,

Swindlehurst was a constant thorn in Haslingdon’s side collecting numerous free kicks as they struggled to cope with him and Southward had another good game in the unaccustomed position of right midfield.

‘Bails’ was able to give youth team player Jack Gale 25 minutes and he got in some good crosses and coped well with the step up to adult football.

On 80 minutes Graham went one on one with the keeper, knocked the ball past him before being upended but unfortunately the only person in the ground not to see it as a penalty was the referee.

There has been real character and camaraderie with this squad of players this season with much to admire.

Well done to the lads.

Joint Man of the Match: David McAvoy, Adam Roskell.

Garstang: Dan Curwen, Andy Taylor Snr, Rob Butler, Joe Miller, David McAvoy, Jack Swindlehurst, Paul Southward, Andy Taylor Jnr(Capt), Tom Graham, Rory Mower, Adam Roskell.Subs: Oscar Panepinto (for Mower 52), James Gibbins (for Taylor Snr 35), Jack Gale (for Southward 67).