Bac/Ee Preston v Garstang Result: 0 – 2
There’s a saying in football that says, “sometimes you have to win ugly” well Garstang did just that in this their first game in seven weeks.
Osbourne was making his second Garstang debut in midfield and Mattichechia replaced Bardsley at left back who had made a late withdrawal.
There was a strong appeal for a penalty in the first minute as Poole went sprawling over the keeper’s arms. Garstang had made a bright start to the game but it was Bac who came closest to scoring in the 10th and 11th minutes when firstly Dunn evaded two tackles before shooting into the side netting then a dangerous cross by Farrar was hacked away by Crossley.
Garstang’s next best chance fell to Fawcett but he was second best in a one on one with home keeper Curwen.
Craven had an opportunity to give Bac the lead but he miss kicked at the all important moment.
The visitors re-gained control of the game. Osbourne found Poole who had made a good run into the home team’s box but the Garstang striker pulled his shot wide then Crossley headed an Anderson corner over the bar. On 33 minutes Garstang took the lead, Squirrell drove a low ball into the danger area, Fawcett’s snap shot came back off the keeper only for Anderson to head over the line.
Bac’s Chauhan was yellow carded for pulling back Fawcett before the last chance in the first half saw Squirrell preserve Garstang’s half time lead when he kicked an Hodgkiss free kick off the line.
Gierke replaced the out of sorts Draycott at the interval and Bac substituted Wright and O’Rolke with Spieght and Horton. Bac’s substitution didn’t work out too well when Spieght handled in the penalty box within a minute of the re start. Mr (Reliable) Squirrell did the necessary to make it 0 – 2. It should have been three when a long free kick by Brindle was headed on by Fawcett to Poole but his shot went over the bar.
Mills came on for Craven in the 60th minute and made an immediate impact bringing a quality save out of Brindle before having another good effort blocked by the magnificent Crossley who had held things together with Benson when the going got tough. Poole again failed to get the good contact on a great cross by Anderson before Jack replaced Makin in the 74th minute. The last 16 minutes saw further chances spurned, Fawcett hit the bar following a Jack cross and Gierke missed two glorious chances to make the victory more emphatic.
It hadn’t always been pretty at times playing on a pitch that cut up badly but Garstang had been resolute in defence, industrious in midfield and despite missing numerous chances were still worthy winners.
Bac/Ee Preston Team: Curwen, Chauhan, Wright (rep. Spieght 46min.) Morley, Gwin, O’Rolke (rep. Horton 46 min.) Farrar, Hodgkiss, Greenwood, Craven ( rep. Mills 60 min.) Dunn. UNUSED SUB. Murphy
GARSTANG TEAM: Brindle, Squirrell, Mattichechia, Bemson, Crossley, Makin (rep. Jack 74 mins.) Anderson, Osbourne, Poole, Fawcett, Draycott (rep. Gierke 46 mins.)
FIXTURES FOR January 12: At the Riverside in the Presidents Cup: GARSTANG v HAWCOAT PARK . Away; Blackpool Wren Rovers Res. V GARSTANG RES. On Sunday, January 13, Garstang F.C. Youth are at home to Bolton County.