Match report: Garstang 4 Turton 0
West Lancashire League
With just a few minutes on the clock, the game’s first talking point came when a long ball was played behind full-back Dan Birch and into the path of the Turton winger.
He went down inside the area but, despite vociferous appeals for a penalty, the referee played on.
Following that early penalty scare Garstang started to exert control over the game and could have scored when Kieran O’Connor headed Tom Entwisle’s corner straight at the keeper.
This did not matter as, with Garstang’s next attack, the deadlock was broken when Rick Coar finished a neat move to give the home side a deserved lead.
Turton responded by dispossessing Birch just outside the penalty box but the resulting shot went narrowly wide.
Gaz Fawcett was cautioned for a foul but Dan Curwen, whose handling was excellent throughout, calmly dealt with the resulting free-kick.
The game’s best move of the match resulted in Garstang extending their lead when Ryan Dodd, Matt Poole and Birch combined to create a chance for Rick Coar.
His shot was half saved but Poole was on hand to finish from close range to give Garstang a 2-0 lead.
At this point Turton heads seemed to drop as Garstang were winning all of the 50-50 challenges and the chances started to come Garstang’s way.
Rick Coar and Dodd both had efforts well saved but, following a defensive mix-up, the ball found Dodd in space down the left and he fired home from inside the box to give Garstang a 3-0 lead at half-time.
The second half proved an anti-climax as Turton went into damage limitation mode.
Poole was subjected to a very poor challenge which resulted in a yellow card and Poole replaced by Chris Byrne.
Alan Coar had shouts for a penalty turned down after he appeared to be tripped when through on goal, while Curwen saved well from a rare Turton counter-attack.
The game’s next big talking point saw Garstang substitute Jake Salisbury clash heads with a Turton defender, who appeared to come off worse with an injury to the nose while Salisbury suffered a cut to the head.
After the lengthy injury break Garstang continued to press for another goal as Rick Coar had a shot well smothered by the Turton keeper.
With the clock ticking down there was time for a heavily bandaged Salisbury to finish the game off and give Garstang a convincing win.