Team effort secures point against leaders


West Lancashire Reserves League Division One

Garstang Res 0

Wren Rovers Res 0

The reserves got back on track with a well-earned point against league leaders Blackpool Wren Rovers at the Riverside.

With numbers stretched to the limit, manager Paul Bailey had to name himself as the only substitute and reshuffle his players with youth team player Assalone making his first full start paired up front with Stuart and Graham moving into centre midfield.

Garstang started brightly with Assalone shooting just over and then narrowly failing to get his head to a Swindlehurst cross but the conditions prevented any flowing football and it was always going to be a battle to gain the upper hand.

On 26 minutes Wrens smashed in a dangerous free kick that Miller bravely headed away and five minutes later the Rovers keeper skied a kick out and as the wind swept it back towards goal Stuart got on the end of it but screwed a good chance wide. Garstang never looked likely to concede as Wrens fell into the trap of constantly reverting to the long ball.

In fact the home side played the better football into the wind as an Ireland free was headed over and Graham’s cross was scrambled away via the keepers legs. Roskell, Southward and Graham finished the game the stronger in the midfield with Sutcliff and Swindlehurst working tirelessly as wing backs and the game fizzled out to a 0-0 draw as Wrens ran out of ideas.

Having lost so many players recently this was a very good performance from Garstang and no man of the match awarded as this was an 11 man team effort.

Garstang: Curwen, Ireland (Capt), Miller, Baldwin, Swindlehurst, Sutcliff, Southward, Roskell, Graham, Assalone, Stuart. Sub Bailey (Not Used)