We’ll bounce back, says Garstang FC
IT could have been a great escape, but it was not to be as Garstang FC this week bowed out of the West Lancashire League Premier Division.
But club officials have promised they “will be back” and are ready to fight to put their North West Counties League ambitions back on track.
Michael Stringfellow’s side failed to pull off the desperately needed win in the final game of the campaign against Coppull United, which ended 1-0 to the opposition and saw Garstang complete the season on a disappointing 21 points.
Despite the relegation blow, plans are now geared towards the transformation of the Riverside ground, with a major upgrade on facilities due to begin at the end of the May.
Commercial manager Les Taylor said: “It’s a devastating blow to go down, but we are positive we will bounce back.
“There is no doubt we expected to be pushing up the league and developing the ground together, and it wasn’t for want for trying.
“The manager had a difficult job, he is a younger manager still learning his trade, but he wants to stick with us, and next season we will start again.
He added: “We began with a five-year plan, three-and-a-half years in we have got through the talking and we’re seeing the action with the new facilities going up. We will get over the disappointment and get on delivering. There is a lot going on.”
The club is also calling on supporters to join coaching staff, players and their families for the annual presentation evening on May 26 at the Kings Arms, and help close the season with a positive outlook.
A Garstang FC spokesperson said: “Despite a bitterly disappointing end to the season, we will still be holding our heads up high as we recognise those who have performed particularly well in a season of ups and downs.
“We would like everyone to come together – players, officials, supporters and the parents who have followed our younger players – to have a drink, chat and celebrate the positives at Garstang FC. We can be proud of a number of quality youth players who have made their mark this season.
“The reserves have had a successful campaign, and, in spite of relegation of the first team, we have every confidence in the management team of ‘Stringy’, ‘Swanny’ and ‘Gierky’ that we will bounce back at the first attempt.”
Plans were earlier this year approved for improvements at the club’s Riverside ground, including new lighting columns, turnstiles and fencing around the playing area.
The project will also include the upgrade of the home and away changing rooms.
The spokesperson added: “Work will commence on transforming the Riverside ground into something that one day we will all be proud to say that, ‘I was part of that.’”
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