Benson double sees Garstang snatch victory

Garstang FC centre-back Nat Benson.
Garstang FC centre-back Nat Benson.

Turton 2

Garstang 3

With only eight minutes to go it looked like Garstang were heading out of the Lancashire Amateur Shield at the first hurdle that was until half time substitute Nat Benson popped up in the home penalty box, at the right time, to poke home two goals to send his team through to the second round.

Turton started the game well playing some attractive football but the first real chance fell to the visitors when Poole with his back to the goal hooked his shot over the bar following a good cross from Bell.

Louth who was making his first start for the “Riversiders” put Bell in again down the right but this time the wing back’s cross was wildly dispatched into the trees behind the goal by Draycott.

Chances were coming and going for both sides, Glennie did well to get in the way of a Hanlon shot then Mcllelan left Louth in his wake before pulling his shot wide. A terrific through ball found Gierke who brought a great save out of Fairclough tipping the strike on to the bar before the ball was eventually cleared.

Louth protected a threat on the Garstang goal with a sound tackle on Farrimond who was about to pull the trigger.

Further chances fell to Gierke, Crossley and Hastings and for Turton Johnson and Hanlon before the first goal came in the 44th minute.

It was a panicky clearance from Louth that hit the back of Glennie, the ball fell to Convey who hammered the ball into the roof of the Garstang net.

At half time Garstang brought on Anderson, Melling and Benson for Hastings, Draycott and Fawcett and changed to a 4-4-2 formation and it wasn’t long before the change seemed to pay off.

Benson playing in an unaccustomed midfield role fed the ball out to Bell and another trade mark run and cross found its way out to the opposite wing for Melling who took a touch before riffling the ball past Fairclough on his near post to make it 1 – 1.

Some sloppy defending allowed Hanlon to restore Turton’s lead two minutes later.

Anderson (twice) Baker and Gierke all had further chances for Garstang but at the same time had to thank Brindle for keeping out a good effort from Johnson.

A bad back pass by Baker was rescued by Crossley who was on hand to tidy up before the game was turned on its head with just eight minutes to go.

The unlikely hero was centre back Nat Benson, playing in midfield who had put himself at the right place to put Garstang on level terms on 82 minutes then with only a minute to go he was there again when a Gierke shot had come out to him.

For the second week running the Riversiders had snatched victory in the dying embers of the game to go through.

Turton: Fairclough, Egan, Fairhurst, Holden, Convey, Lomax, Locks, Johnson, Hanlon, Mcllelan, Farrimond. Subs: Hill, Warburton, N. Johnson

Garstang: Brindle, Bell, Hastings, Glennie, Crossley, Baker, Louth, Fawcett, Poole, Gierke, Draycott. Subs: Melling, Benson, Anderson

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