Kirkby Lonsdale 2
Garstang faced newly promoted Kirkby Lonsdale away over the weekend. KL’s entire squad was made up of Casterton schoolgirls with Garstang sensing the threat of consistent renewable energy.
Garstang wanted to keep the momentum of last week’s win and started with gusto. The fast press from Nicky Charter forced errors in KL’s backline and pressure on their area was sustained for the first 10 minutes.
Unfortunately the set piece and chances went unconverted and it was KL’s turn to press. Their pressure paid off when they converted their penalty corner with a straight strike.
Half time started with the scoreline still at 1-0 and Garstang were determined. Diane Roe was making inroads down the right, and it was Roe that initiated the goal, her strike hit the post only to rebound to Josie Rice who finished at close range.
Instead of remaining organised, Garstang struggled to control the frenetic tempo of the game, unable to gain possession and slow down the game. KL pounced on a slow clear out on the right of Garstang defence and went into the D to push themselves ahead.
The game had turned into a cantankerous affair with questionable decisions coming from both KL’s umpires.
This only made Garstang more resolute and they heaped the pressure onto KL.
Garstang were putting some good passing moves together, just missing out when Josie Rice played in a great run from Lyndsey Hayes who crossed first time from the right to Nicky Charter in the D, in turn slipped to Fran Summers, who just put it wide at the post.
The final goal came with some more great teamwork, with Lyndsey Hayes finding Diane Roe on the right, who slipped to Josie Rice in the middle, she drew the defender and played in Fran Summers to her left. Summers unselfishly spotted Nicky Charter unmarked in front of goal and Charter finished close range.