Youths notch up a fine victory

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Garstang Yth 4

Ribbleton Yth 1

Garstang played their first home game in almost two months and were rewarded with a well deserved victory.

Their squad was down to the bare bones as illness and injury meant that seven players were unavailable for selection.

With no recognised goalkeeper Hanley was forced to put on the gloves and several other players started the game carrying knocks.

Both teams struggled with the uneven pitch and flowing football was at a premium.

The home side were finding space down the wings but their crosses in general were overhit, while Ribbleton with the wind at their backs were more direct and came close to opening the scoring on a couple of occasions.

As the half progressed Garstang started to dominate but top scorer Assalone left his shooting boots at home as did many others as chances went begging.

As the first half came to a close another raid down the right and cross by Assalone was only half cleared, Bisby latched onto it and fired home to make it 1-0 to the home side.

They say you’re most vulnerable when you’ve just scored and that proved to be the case, as the defence switched off and Ribbleton took advantage by grabbing an equaliser.

Garstang were celebrating minutes into the second half though when Assalone hit a dipping 30 yarder over the keeper into the net.

Shortly after that, another thunderbolt from Assalone made it 3-1.

The away-side were now being penned in their own half as Hodson and Bailey were a constant threat on the wings.

With a few minutes left on the clock Bisby got his second, reacting quickly to a rebound to side foot home to make it a comfortable 4-1 scoreline.

Garstang: J Hanley D Hodson C Spence C Hancox J Pakeman L Bailey I Makinson H Turner A Swale A Ball L Assalone J Bisby R Swale S Mclwaine