Man of the match Tom put reserves in great position

Garstang Reserves player Tom Graham
Garstang Reserves player Tom Graham

West Lancs Reserve div 1

Burnley Utd Res..............1

Garstang Res..................4

Garstang reserves got back on track with a good performance at Burnley. They began with a back three of Roskell, Ireland and Miller with Jack and C Matichechia playing wing backs.

The visitors began confidently, Graham skimming the bar with a cross shot and on 20 minutes Taylor set up Ireland who drilled home a left footer from 20 yards.

Two minutes later Burnley nearly got back on terms when Bunkham toe poked a shot from the edge of the box which came back off the foot of the post.

Panepinto had to replace the unfortunate Dre Matichechia who dislocated his finger in a freak accident.

On 33 minutes Burnley equalised when Blezard had time and space in the box to chest the ball down and volley home. This encouraged the home side who attacked with more purpose As the game ticked into injury time at the end of the half Whittaker swung a cross to the back post where Jack headed the ball back to Graham who nipped in to score from close range.

Confidence restored, the visitors got a tight grip of the game at the start on the second half, Miller was winning everything in the air, Taylor dominating the centre midfield and Graham and Panepinto causing havoc up front. It was this combination which led to the third goal when Panepinto cut inside to score a lovely goal.

Southward replaced Whittaker on 65 minutes to add some fresh legs and Curwen in the Garstang goal ensured that Burnley had no sniff of a come back when he tipped over a powerful shot with 20 minutes to go. Graham sealed the game on 79 minutes when he played a one two with Cooper on the edge of the box before skipping past three Burnley defenders and smashing the ball home.

Garstang: Curwen, Roskell, Miller, Ireland, Swindlehurst, Jack, Whittaker, Taylor (Capt), Graham, A Matichechia, C Matichechia. Subs: Panepinto (for A Matichechia 26), Southward (for Whittaker 65), Cooper (for C Matichechia 71)