Promoted Garstang sign off with victory

West Lancashire League committee member Chris Hysted presents Garstang skipper Gaz Fawcett with the Division 1 runners-up trophy
West Lancashire League committee member Chris Hysted presents Garstang skipper Gaz Fawcett with the Division 1 runners-up trophy

Garstang 3

Hawcoat Park 1

Without the services of Crossley, Poole, Glennie and long-term injury victim Paul Osbourne, manager Iain Swan brought in Phil Roskell and named youth team players Callum Spence and Harrison Turner on the bench along with himself.

Despite the loss of the first- team regulars, Garstang dominated from the kick-off, Draycott hitting the post after only 10 minutes.

In a rare Hawcoat attack Benson did well in clearing a dangerous cross by Mellia on 27 minutes then in the 34th minute Gierke amazingly chose to pass to Draycott with the goal gaping in front of him and the opportunity went.

The Garstang striker made amends a minute later with a quality strike that hit the back of the net via the inside of the post to make it 1-0.

Hawcoat had to defend a series of corners before creating a chance of their own but Round wasted the opportunity when he blazed over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time Fawcett rattled the visitors’ crossbar with the keeper well beaten.

Garstang resumed their control of the game after the break, Hawcoat’s keeper Houston having to go full length to keep out an Anderson free kick. On 54 minutes it was 2-0.

Hawcoat were unable to clear their lines from a corner, Gierke seizing upon the hesitancy to prod the ball home.

With almost half an hour to go the boss sent on 16-year-old Callum Spence and 17-year-old Harrison Turner for 
Squirrell and Draycott.

It wasn’t long before Fawcett made the game safe when he unleashed a terrific drive from outside the box that flew into the roof of the net.

Further chances were missed before the manager made his own “swansong” when he came on for Gierke, who received a warm round of applause from the crowd.

Hawcoat scored what was a consolation goal in the 78th minute when some sloppy defending allowed substitute Beach to poke the ball home from inside the box.

Manager Swan must have been delighted with his youngsters Roskell, Sutcliffe, Spence, Turner who contributed to the win on the day and to Tom Graham and Jack Swindlehurst who are on the Garstang FC production line for the 
future, in what has been a very successful and rewarding 
promotion campaign.

The match was sponsored by Cleveleys Bridge fisheries and the Man of the Match was Gaz Fawcett.

Garstang: Brindle, P.Roskell, Sutcliff, Benson, Squirrell (rep.Turner 62mins.) Mattichechia, Jack, Fawcett, Anderson, Gierke (rep. Swan 75 mins.) Draycott (rep.Spence 62mins.

Hawcoat Park: Houston, Murphy, Cain, Greig, Salton, Patterson, Stanway, Round, Murray, Knowles, Mellia.