Get ready for derby day two

Goalmouth action in the August clash between Garstang and Longridge Town.
Goalmouth action in the August clash between Garstang and Longridge Town.

Garstang will travel to rivals Longridge Town in the first league game of the new year.

The Riversiders, who will visit the Mike Riding Ground on January 4, are just one place below Town in the Premier Division table and with three games in hand.Both teams will be looking to secure the three points in the competitive clash after ending the year with wins and good crowds are expected for the fixture with the kick-off at 2pm.

Garstang boss Iain Swan used his team’s break over the festive season to organise a friendly with Lancaster Reserves in a bid to keep his side fresh ahead of the derby.

The last meeting between the two sides at the Riverside in August resulted in a goaless draw. He said: “Anyone can beat anyone in this division - we’ve been quite unlucky in a few of our games so far but a few positive results completely changes things.

“It’s going to be a tough game but I’m sure everyone will be up for it.”

The game against Lancaster Reserves also gave the manager and his assistant Dave Porter another chance to cast their eyes over members of the reserve and youth team squads. The match played 4G surface at Lancaster and Morecambe College saw the young squad pull off a 0-2 result.

Swan added: “It’s been really good working with Dave - he is really passionate about the club and has good experience with the youth team and has played for the first team.

“We work well as a team and it’s good to have someone who is committed and wanting to work in the best interests of the club.”

Meanwhile the fixtures have been drawn for the WLFL Richardson Cup.

Longridge will take on Euxton Villa away from home and Garstang will visit Eagley.

The games will take place on February 15.