Good run sunk at The Riverside

Garstang FC physio Nigel Pallet makes a presentation to Ben Stuart
Garstang FC physio Nigel Pallet makes a presentation to Ben Stuart
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Garstang reserves 1

Fleetwood hesketh 2

A minute’s silence was observed by both teams last Monday, in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Garstang Reserves’ eight match winning streak came to an end with a lacklustre display at The Riverside.

The home side were second best for much of the first half and after 15 minutes the lively Monaghan skipped past McEvoy and was tripped by Mattechea in the box for a penalty.

Monaghan stepped up to take it and struck it well but Curwen pulled off a brilliant save low to his right.

Ten minutes later Garstang were given a lifeline when Graham broke free down the right and as he cut into the box he was scythed down for a penalty to Garstang which Andy Taylor smashed home.

Unfortunately the lead lasted less than a minute as some dreadful defending led to a deflected own goal for the Hesketh equaliser.

Five minutes from half time another needlessly conceded free kick on the edge of the Garstang box was dispatched into the top corner by Bates and the home side were probably grateful to go in at half time only being one goal down.

The second half was much better from Garstang.

Miller was denied a chance at the far post by a last ditch header from Pugh and Roskell skimmed the bar from 20 yards but the visitors defence was strong and they continued to be dangerous on the break creating the better chances.

The game was sealed with 13 minutes to go when a quick break down the right by Vogel left the Garstang defence stranded and his cross was converted by Watkinson at the second attempt. No complaints from the hosts who were not at the races in this one.

Garstang Team: Dan Curwen, Kelvin Bardsley, David McEvoy, John Baldwin, Jack Swindlehurst, Carlo Mattechea, Mark Kippax, Andy Taylor (capt), Tom Graham, Ben Stuart, Adam Roskell

Subs: Dan Sutcliff (for Bardsley 34), Joe Miller (for Baldwin 49), Oscar Panepinto (for Kippax 65) Paul Southward and Phil Roskell (not used)