Garstang boss wants to avoid slow starts

Garstang had to come from two goals down at half-time to take a point against Thornton Cleveleys
Garstang had to come from two goals down at half-time to take a point against Thornton Cleveleys
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Garstang boss Lee Baker admitted there were mixed emotions after his side’s 2-2 draw with Thornton Cleveleys at the weekend.

The Riversiders had trailed 2-0 at half-time before a late fightback saw Jack Swindlehurst and Mark Bevan rescue a point.

However, while pleased at the way his players responded to adversity, Baker was less than enamoured at having to do it in the first place.

He said: “We went from, potentially, probably our worst performance of the season to a second-half performance which probably matches where we’ve been at.

“We did well to come from two goals down as not many teams would have done that; I can only think of one or two who can come back from a two-goal deficit at half-time.

“A lot of teams would have said the game was gone and they would go again next week but we aren’t good enough to start games like that.

“A 2-2 draw is horrendous to me because I don’t like to concede goals for fun; I like to keep things tight because clean sheets are what keep you in games.

“We gave ourselves the proverbial mountain to climb but the lads did it; it was just disappointing we started the way we did.”

This weekend sees Garstang travel to a Lostock St Gerards side at the wrong end of the West Lancashire League Premier Division table.

Goals from Swindlehurst, Tom Graham and Jonny Hothersall gave Baker’s side a 3-0 win when the two sides met in September.

Lostock might be second bottom of the table, having played more games than some of the teams around them, but Baker anticipates a difficult afternoon.

He said: “It’s always a tough place to go; I don’t think I’ve ever been there as a player and found it easy.

“However, after Saturday’s performance, our players definitely owe themselves one.”