Garstang 2nds 14 Southport 2nds 1
Garstang 2nds were without 3 key players in their game against Southport 2nds last weekend which included rising star young Zoe Mather in goal and with the alternative keeper on Eid holidays Gemma Livesey gallantly donned the kit.
Garstang had two subs and rotated a forward and a half every ten minutes.
It was a bright start for the team with their quality passing game and after some pressure from Southport they opened their account after less than four minutes when tall Olivia (Mason) scored a fine goal across the keeper. Georgie Hampson scored to open her account on return from university.
Wendy Howarth and Julie Nightingale added their powerful incursions from mid field to the pace of Olivia and Fran Williams-Tanton on the wings and a dark day dawned for Southport with Wendy scoring a quality goal to really put the pressure on a shocked Southport side in their first game of the season.
Fi Dundas came on for Olivia and scored another two good goals from passing moves in the Dee leaving Garstang at the end of the half in with a 6-0 scoreline.
In the second half Garstang turned the screw with an early goal from Wendy and five more followed in 13 minutes including a class reverse stick strike from Georgie. Southport to their credit then held the torrent for a full 16 minutes despite being held in a court press by Garstang with the ball remaining in their half with determined collection by the Garstang defenders with Louise Shaw, Caroline (Mum) Hampson and the two young Ellies Harrison & Moss) sending the ball straight back up to the Southport Dee.
Capt Helen Howarth was omnipresent but despite a powerful performance did not score. Nevertheless after 13 minutes, completely against the run of play, Southport scored on the break - to their great delight and relief!
Garstang then broke through the ice scoring twice with to finish a first goal for new girl Fran T-W - may it be the first of many.
This was a fine performance from a re-built Garstang 2nds with seven players who started serious senior hockey only last season.
A young Southport side never stopped trying and their keeper kept many more shots out than she let in.
Garstang voted the Southport keeper player of the match.