Weather rains on Garstang FC’s parade

Lee Bakers Garstang side have a rearranged Lancashire Amateur Shield match this Saturday
Lee Bakers Garstang side have a rearranged Lancashire Amateur Shield match this Saturday

Garstang FC were left kicking their heels on Saturday as their scheduled Lancashire Amateur Shield quarter-final was a victim of the weekend’s heavy rain.

Their home tie with Manchester League opponents AFC Monton was postponed and has now been rearranged for this Saturday, November 19, kicking off at 1.30pm.

As a result, it means that the first team’s league game at Turton and the reserves’ home match against Walney Island – both scheduled for this Saturday – have had to be postponed for a date to be arranged.

It means Baker’s players will be involved in two cup games in three weekends as they host Turton on November 26 in the West Lancashire League before their Richardson Cup quarter-final at Vickerstown seven days later.

Garstang reached the last eight with victory against Slyne with Hest, while Vickerstown got the better of Longridge Town.

That result was one which Baker admitted hadn’t been anticipated.

“When we played Slyne, they told us to enjoy our trip to Longridge,” he said.

“We looked at the results after we’d beaten Slyne and then noticed we’d be going to Vickerstown instead.

“If you’re going to do well in these competitions, however, then these are the type of places you have to go to and teams you have to beat.

“We got to the final last year when we beat Blackpool Wren Rovers and Thornton Cleveleys but, no matter who we get this season, we could do well against them.

“It’s another long trip but it’s a great journey home if you win.”