Fulwood defeat will only spur Walling’s boys on

Garstang skipper Ian Walling
Garstang skipper Ian Walling
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Ian Walling insists Garstang’s defeat to Fulwood and Broughton will spur his side on for the rest of the Palace Shield Premier Division season.

Garstang’s eight-wicket loss to Fulwood saw their lead at the top of the table cut.

Three points now separate the top four with Garstang leading Longridge and Freckleton by two points and Great Eccleston by three points.

Title contenders Garstang and Freckleton meet at the Riverside on Saturday.

Defiant Walling claimed losing to Fulwood will only spur his side on, with Garstang determined to prove Saturday’s defeat was no more than a blip.

“We knew it would be a tough test against Fulwood,” Walling said.

“They’re very good at home and we allowed them back into the game when we were 90-1 off around 17 overs.

“After such a good performance against Great Eccleston it was very disappointing to lose on Saturday.

“What we’ve got to do is use the defeat to spur us on against Freckleton.

“If somebody would have offered us top spot after the Great Ecc and Fulwood games then we would have taken it.”

Only five games remain in this year’s Premier Division.

The teams battling it out at the top still have a number of tough fixtures.

Although Garstang will be looking to win all of their remaining fixtures.

Walling does not feel it is vital that all the games are won.

“It’s in our hands at the moment, we’d like to win all five games,” he added.

“But I wouldn’t go as far as saying that teams have to win all five games to win the league.

“There are big games left and we need to perform.”