Garstang FC’s victory a fitting tribute

Adam Swanwicks mother, Win, hands over the Memorial Cup awarded in her sons name
Adam Swanwicks mother, Win, hands over the Memorial Cup awarded in her sons name

Garstang FC continued their build-up to the new season by winning the annual match against Padiham in memory of former player Adam Swanwick.

They edged to a 1-0 victory in the match, taking home the cup named in memory of their former player who so tragically passed away at the age of 28.

It was the first time Garstang had won the cup against a side from two leagues above them.

In a tight game The Riversiders edged it thanks to a goal on 75 minutes from Alan Coar.

Adam’s mother, Win, presented the Garstang skipper with the cup in a game where Andy Taylor was adjudged to be man-of-the-match.

The visitors had warmed for the match during the week with a game against Blackpool Wren Rovers, winning 3-0.

With them being two leagues above Garstang in the footballing pyramid, it was always going to be a stiff challenge for Lee Baker’s men – but one from which they emerged victorious.

A club spokesman said: “Every Garstang player put in a solid shift to win this game played in memory of Adam and it was lovely to see all the family down there.

“Thanks to the Padiham FC lads who stayed on after the game and enjoyed the hospitality at The Farmers Arms after the game.”

Pre-season warm-ups continue for Garstang’s various teams this week.

The reserves play Akham Utd at The Riverside on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm), while the first team travels to Blackpool Wren Rovers on Saturday for the Wilf Carr Memorial Cup (3pm).