(West Lancashire League Division 1)
It was touch and go whether the game would get the go-ahead due to a boggy area in front of the home dug out, the problem being resolved by the narrowing of the pitch by passing the offending patch.
A struggling Stoneclough outfit must have regretted the decision as they were put to the sword by a Garstang side eager to make up for lost playing time.
Although dominant in the early stages the first goal didn’t come until the 22nd minute when Gierke clinically finished a terrific through ball from Draycott. It was Draycott again who was responsible for the second goal seven minutes later, cutting in from the left wing before seeing Keithley turning the winger’s cross past his own keeper.
Squirrell made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after Poole had been chopped down in the penalty box then in the 36th minute Gierke made it four following a good assist by Osbourne.
Benson, who had received a crunching tackle earlier in the game, was replaced by Mattichechia before the break and Osbourne didn’t return for the second half having previously received a bad cut to the head, his replacement being Asa Stone who had returned to the club during the week.
It was a case of how many when Man of the Match Leon Gierke added a fifth and sixth by the 52nd minute.
Job done! Gierke was replaced by Tom Graham in the 57th minute.
A mazy run into the Stoneclough box by Squirrell resulted in Stone heading home at the far post to make it seven then Squirrell fired home number eight before going off the field injured leaving Garstang to play out the last 15 minutes with ten men. Redmond scored a consolation goal for Stoneclough before Poole at last, completed the rout scoring the ninth goal in the 79th minute.
The game was sponsored by: Wyre Wheels Driving School.
Although a massive boost for morale in the Garstang camp everyone knows that the six-pointer away to Wyre Villa next Saturday will be a different game altogether.
GARSTANG: Brindle, Benson (rep. Mattichechia 37 mins.) Makin, Crossley, Squirrell, Anderson, Osbourne (rep. Stone 45 mins.) Fawcett, Draycott, Poole, Gierke (rep. Graham 57 mins.)
STONECLOUGH: Wilding, Lee, Heenan, Macarthy, Cheetham, Newton, Redmond, Keithley, Redshaw, James, Bbala.