Edward’s win vital tie by just a single point

Garstang v St Edward's
Garstang v St Edward's

North Lancs One

St Edward’s Old Boys 27 Garstang 26

Garstang slumped to catastrophic defeat last Saturday as they were punished for a poor start in the game against the team who currently sit at the bottom of North Lancs One.

The home team, who had a healthy crowd cheering them on, started brightly and they took the lead with an interception try in the opening minutes (7-0). They increased their lead soon afterwards when they scored their second try as the Garstang defence was left floundering (12-0).

It was arguably the poorest twenty minutes of rugby that Garstang had played this season but they looked like they were back on track when they were able to put the home side’s line under pressure. When Stuart Dawson ghosted over from close range it looked like it was business as usual (12-7). However, more defensive lapses followed and St Edward’s OB extended the lead with a third try just before the break (19-7).

At half time the Garstang team had some strong words but this was to no effect as the second half started as the first had finished with the home side scoring their fourth try of the afternoon to go 24-7 up.

Garstang knew that they would have to improve to salvage anything from the game and ten minutes into the half they reduced the arrears as Joel Dugdale bounced his opposite man and scored in the corner (24-12).

With ten minutes to go, a comeback looked on the cards as Greg Billington forced his way over under the posts (24-19). However, indiscipline cost Garstang dearly as they conceded a penalty in midfield and had to march back a further ten metres following backchat. The St Edward’s kicker held his nerve and slotted the kick over to extend the lead to two score (27-19).

With three minutes to play, Gavin Barton raced through a gap in midfield and scored a try under the posts to give Garstang hope that they could nick an unlikely win (27-26).

However, the final couple of minutes were full of indiscipline and error and the team could not forge a final chance.

St Edward’s OB were understandably delighted at their win but Garstang were left to reflect on a disappointing afternoon where they left themselves with too much to do in the final minutes.

Team: Kenyon, Barton, Pendlebury, Everest, Haley, Billington, Kelsall, O’Brien, Nickson, Dawson, Smeaton, McLennan, Dugdale, Robinson, Davies. Replacement: Quinn

On Saturday the 1st XV have no game but the Blues are in action in a huge game as they travel to take on Dukinfield 2nds in the Semi Final of the BEST Shield.