Leigh 4TH XV 5
Garstang Blues 46
Garstang Blues secured a second win of the season in fine style – helped by the first team’s kit.
With the first team without a fixture the Blues were afforded the luxury of playing in their strip and they overwhelmed a courageous Leigh outfit to take the points.
Garstang had a match-day squad of 20 players and were bolstered by the return of John O’Brien, playing his first game of the campaign following a pre-season injury, and influential club coach Gavin Barton.
Garstang took an early 7-0 lead after O’Brien powered through the static defence to score under the sticks and Rowbotton adding the extras.
Garstang were playing on the front foot and were thriving, with Barton helping them with the leadership that they have maybe missed a little bit this season so far.
A second try from a line out five metres out came minutes later.
A short line-out was popped to the blind side and then the ball was passed to Gavin Barton who walked in for the try .
At this stage Garstang were totally in control and they scored their third try after 20 minutes, with the fourth coming from O’Brien to take a 24-0 lead to into the break.
Garstang started very slowly after the interval and this allowed Leigh to enjoy a period of domination in terms of territory and possession.
A fractious incident, with several players pushing and shoving each other, gave Leigh a penalty deep in the Garstang half.
They went through the phases and managed to bustle their way over the line to score their first try to make the score 24-5. The try rallied the home side and they went straight back at Garstang, looking to get into the game.
However, a spill of the ball went straight into the arms of Garstang skipper Mark Rogerson, who raced 80 metres to score a fine individual try.
With the points assured Garstang started to utilise their exciting young back line. Matt Rawlinson sped over in the corner to make it 34-5 before Scott Cunningham added another try.
The final score came as Gavin Barton walked through an exhausted defensive line before unselfishly popping the ball up to Cunningham who scored his second of the afternoon to make it 46-5.
Leigh awarded the man of the match award to the Blues’ John O’Brien, while the Garstang players voted for team mate Christy Sullivan. Both players had great games and were worthy of the accolades.
Garstang: Kerr, Barton, Hindle, Jolleys, Saxon, Haley, Sullivan, O’Brien, Lambert, Rowbottom, Rogerson, Gardner, Cunningham, Duda, Walling. Replacements: Rawlinson, Lansom, C.Slater, Roberts, Jackson.
This Saturday the 1st XV are away at De La Salle and the Blues are at home to Fylde 5ths. Both kick off at 3pm.