Injury-hit Garstang’s true grit

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Garstang recorded their third League win in a row despite the odds being stacked against them due to player injuries and sendings-off.

Andre Mattichechia and Graham replaced Gierke and McEvoy in the starting line up while Conor Crossley made his second home debut for the club.

The hosts were in front within a minute when a piece of Dodd trickery in the penalty box attracted a foul by Dashti, up stepped Poole.

Grimshaw headed into the hands of Thornley as Charnock took an early grip on the game but despite their possession superiority they rarely breached a magnificent defence, marshalled by the superb Baker and Crossley.

A trademark run by Fawcett on the break instigated Garstang’s second goal when the “Skipper” was brought crashing to the ground just outside the visitors box.

The resulting free kick by Crossley was struck like an arrow through almost every player on the pitch to give Garstang a two goal lead in the 38th minute. The second half had a similar pattern to the first half with Fawcett, Graham, Mattichechia and Roskell giving everything to preserve their team’s two goal lead.

Matters became even more difficult for Garstang when first Fawcett limped off to be replaced by McEvoy then the same fate befell Poole who had to be replaced by Carlo Mattichechia in the 65 minute.

O’Farrell picked up a second yellow and the ultimate red when he scythed down the irrepressible Tom Graham to give Garstang a numerical advantage. The visitors did manage to pull a goal back in the 85th minute when for almost the first time the Garstang defence was opened up, Grimshaw getting the final touch.

But it was Garstang who picked up all the plaudits following a performance that showed hard work, discipline and a resilience that merited a fine home win.

The game was sponsored by Geoff Hargreaves who chose Lee Baker as his Man of the Match.

This Saturday Garstang play Thornton Cleveleys while Garstang Reserves play Tempest Utd Reserves.