West Lancs League Division 1
Garstang had to be satisfied with a point in a game that could have gone either way on a bumpy Riverside pitch that wasn’t conducive to flowing football.
A saving tackle by Bac’s Gillet on Stone prevented an early Garstang goal then a misplaced pass by Fawcett into the path of Hethersall almost gave the visitors the opening goal but the number 11 couldn’t take advantage of the mistake and fired over the bar.
Stone made good space for himself after 22 minutes but his shot didn’t trouble the keeper. Gaskell got behind the Garstang defence and crossed for Hethersall who sliced his shot with the goal at his mercy.
It was end-to-end when in the 28th minute Poole spurned his team’s best chance of the first half after a good ball by Draycott had set the striker up.
Manager Swan wanted to alter the pattern of play for the second half and brought on Jack for Draycott and the plan seemed to be working at the beginning of the half, Osbourne heading over the bar from an Anderson corner on 55 minutes after a good 10 minutes of Garstang pressure.
The game was still evenly balanced, Brindle had to bring off a great save from an equally great strike by Dalton.
Gierke came on for Stone and was immediately booked for a late challenge on Gillet.
A siege on the Bac goal saw the visitors keeper Baldwin make brilliant reflex saves in quick succession to keep out shots from Fawcett and Anderson then with only three minutes to go Brindle had to be at his best to save point blank from Westwood to give Garstang a point that may be crucial in the final league positions.
Match Sponsors Perfect 10 chose Nat Benson who hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon, as their Man of the Match.
Garstang team: Brindle, Mattichecchia, Squirrell, Glennie, Benson, Osbourne, Draycott (rep. Jack 46 mins.) Fawcett, Poole, Stone(rep.Gierke 70 mins.) Anderson
Bac/Ee Preston team: Baldwin, Gillet, Dickinson, Westwood, Thompson, Gaughan, Gaskell, Dalton, Greenwood, Craven, Hethersall. SUBS: Manciocchi, Wilson
Fixtures: Thursday, April 11, kick off 6 15 p.m. Houston Cup Semi Final, Garstang Res. v Wyre Villa Res.
Saturday, April 13, kick off 3 00p.m. West Lancs League Div.1 Garstang v Norcross & Warbreck