Garstang FC are given the night off

Gary Fawcett skippered Garstang to victory last time out against Slyne with Hest
Gary Fawcett skippered Garstang to victory last time out against Slyne with Hest

Garstang FC’s bid for back-to-back wins in the West Lancashire League has been frustrated.

Lee Baker’s men were due to host Southport Hesketh on Wednesday, hoping to follow up Saturday’s 5-0 hammering of Slyne with Hest.

However, they have been given an unexpected night off thanks to an issue at The Riverside.

A month on from the floods and, this time, it is an electrical issue causing the problem.

A brief statement on the club’s website read: “Wednesday’s game with Southport Hesketh at The Riverside is off due to a problem with the floodlight electrics.

“There will be no further midweek games until the new year.”

It means they end September, having played the joint lowest number of games in the West Lancashire League top flight.

While some clubs will have played a dozen games, Baker’s men will have only featured in eight league matches.

That is the joint lowest number along with Eagley and Hesketh Bank – who play their eighth match of the season at Longridge Town on Wednesday.

It leaves Garstang lying eighth in the table with 13 points so far but, with games in hand against three of the bottom four sides, they could potentially find themselves in and around the top four once those matches are played.

The postponement also means that league action will not be resumed until a week on Saturday when they travel to Thornton Cleveleys.

Inbetween is this Saturday’s Lancashire Shield match at Bolton County from the Manchester League.

Garstang reached this stage of the competition after seeing off Lostock St Gerard last time out, while their opponents got the better of Ladybridge FC.

The match at County’s Radcliffe Road home, Darcy Lever, will kick-off at 2pm.