Great Ecc showdown will not decide the title says Ian

Pictured are Garstang's Michael, Mark and Ian Walling
Pictured are Garstang's Michael, Mark and Ian Walling
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Ian Walling insists Garstang’s top-of-the-table clash with Great Eccleston will not prove to be a title decider.

The Riverside outfit could move several points clear of second placed Great Ecc with a victory at Hall Lane on Saturday.

Currently only one point separates the two sides in the Premier Division of the Palace Shield.

Walling, though, is wary of overplaying the importance of the fixture, and ruled out the notion that a victory would scupper Great Ecc’s title hopes.

“I wouldn’t say the game is decisive,” skipper Walling told the Courier. “Obviously the winner would have an advantage but other than that, there is a lot of cricket to be played.

“All the top four have tough games left and pressure always comes with a title chase.

“If we come out on the right side of the game on Saturday then obviously we will have the advantage.

“Great Eccleston are a good side and they are tough to go through. They’ve got a good batting line-up and they battle to the end.

“We will have to be on our game but I think in terms of any big game, we need to perform at our best.”

Garstang registered a comfortable victory over mid-table Fylde at the weekend.

Andy Booker continued his impressive form by claiming 4-7.

In two games against Fylde he has conceded eight wickets for nine runs. And Walling

hailed his frontline

spinner.

“I don’t think Fylde are that good at playing Andy,” he added.

“He’s been brilliant for us this year – it’s been his first year primarily as a first-team player, he has been our ‘Mr Reliable’.”