Match report: Garstang 1 Blackpool Wren Rovers 1

Garstang celebrate scoring
Garstang celebrate scoring
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West Lancashire League

They started brightly, attacking the River End, and within two minutes the Coar brothers’ neat interplay set up Jonny Hothersall down the inside right channel.

His clever chip from inside the box was saved at full stretch by Alex Cameron in the Wrens’ goal.

Kieran O’Connor headed just wide from a Tom Entwisle corner and Alan Coar should have done better with a free header as Garstang’s set pieces caused problems for their opponents.

Wrens’ first clear chance of the half was created by Carl Eastwood winning a long ball, playing it wide and the resulting cross being volleyed at goal and then blocked.

Wrens went close to breaking the deadlock when Joe Booth hit a superb curling free kick from 30 yards just wide.

At the other end, Alan Coar was put clean through but he pulled his shot wide of the far post before Dan Birch had his shot smothered after a 70-yard weaving run as the first half ended goalless.

The deadlock was broken in the 50th minute when Wrens won a corner.

It was only half cleared and the ball to Oli Crolla who crashed home from 25 yards.

Garstang manager Lee Baker made a double change with a little more than half an hour left as Matt Poole and Ben Roberts came on.

They didn’t have to wait long for an equaliser as Entwisle’s free kick was headed home by O’Connor.

Booth hit another long-range free-kick just over the Garstang bar as both sides pressed for a winner.

Garstang looked the more dangerous as Cameron was forced to make two excellent saves to keep the scores level.

Garstang’s reserves were 4-0 winners when they met Haslingden St Mary’s.

Jake Baldwin, Liam Assalone, Jake Dickson and Jimmy Gallagher scored the goals.