Garstang FC see keeper make a move away from the Riverside

Garstang FC has announced that keeper Will Kitchen has departed the club after almost three years.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 4:45 pm

Kitchen joined in the summer of 2018, having been brought to the club from Kendal Town by former boss Lee Baker.

He quickly gained a reputation as being one of the North West Counties Football League’s top goalkeepers, especially when it came to saving penalties.

Having firmly established himself as the Riversiders’ starting shot-stopper, he was named as club captain for the 2020/21 season.

Will Kitchen joined Garstang in the summer of 2018

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However, a shoulder injury ruled him out for most of the season though he was able to do some training with AFC Fylde.

A club spokesman said: “Everyone associated with Garstang FC would like to wish Will every success in the future and we would like to thank him for his commitment and effort whilst at the club.”

Kitchen has since announced a move to NWCFL Premier Division side Charnock Richard.

He told their club website: “It’s a new opportunity, a step back up the footballing ladder after just playing somewhere close to home and it seems like a really good, professionally-run club with a lot of ambition and I’m hoping to help them obtain that ambition.”

Garstang boss Richard Cookney had previously acknowledged that choosing between Kitchen and Michael Donlon for the starting spot in goal would be his toughest decision.

Speaking to the Courier and News last month, Cookney admitted: “That’s the biggest headache I’ve got.

“Kitch is fit again and had been training at AFC Fylde but Michael came in and was tremendous.

“The thing is, neither keeper is going to stick around. Both are that good they will have teams after them.”

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