Garstang FC boss looks forward to facing Bury AFC

Garstang FC boss Richard Cookney admits he cannot wait for the Riversiders’ next league game.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 12:30 pm

They are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bury AFC in the North West Counties League First Division North.

Garstang go into the game looking for a third consecutive league win but come up against high-profile opposition.

Formed as a phoenix outfit last year as a result of Bury FC’s well-publicised difficulties, the new club has already been the subject of a documentary outlining its story.

Garstang manager Richard Cookney Picture: Garstang FC

“You don’t get many teams with the BBC following them for a year!” Cookney said.

“They are a big team at this level and they won’t want to be in it for longer than a year.

“They only just beat Steeton 3-2 and lost to Prestwich Heys but they might come and blow us away, you never know in this league.

“However, there’s definitely no reason why we can’t win it and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Three games into their respective campaigns and only goal difference separates the two teams.

Both have won twice and lost once with Bury sitting seventh in the early table and Garstang 10th.

In the Riversiders’ case, they followed up defeat to Cleator Moor Celtic with victories against Ashton Town and Nelson, though they had last Saturday off with the match at Holker Old Boys falling victim to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Former Squires Gate man Ben Reader has also made the move to the Riverside, replacing Harli Dewhurst who has rejoined Fulwood Amateurs.

“We played well and ground out a couple of results against really strong teams,” Cookney said.

“It was a shame about the game at Holker because we’d have liked the chance to have gone three for three before playing Bury.

“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise as every player trained and it’s another few days away from Covid-19.”