West Lancs- Premier League
Hesketh Bank 0
A goal in the 8th minute by Full Back Danny McGahon was enough to return home with all three points from the Centenary Sports Ground, in a game that rarely rose above mediocrity.
New signing Kyle Lewis made his first start with David Jack and Youth Team player Andrew Murphy on the bench.
Dodd and Fawcett were instrumental in setting up McGahon’s well executed goal but should have been two up only minutes later when Lewis headed a good cross from Dodd wide.
McGahon was in the thick of things again in the 21st minute, his block tackle on Wynne prevented the hosts with their first real opportunity. Wynne had to be replaced by Lulat as a result of the tackle.
Hogg should have done better when he headed over but it looked like Hesketh Bank had been given a life line when the Assistant Referee adjudged that Bell had brought his man down in the box, a decision that infuriated the Garstang players. However, justice may well have prevailed when Brindle went full length to keep out Mabhena’s spot kick.
Fawcett latched on to a Louth throw but shot wide as the half drew to a close.
Taylor who had done a great job as a spoiler rather than a provider this time found Dodd with a precise ball inside the full back but the wide midfielders shot looped over the bar.
Taylor’s endeavour earned him a booking for a foul on Toth in the 65th minute.
Jack replaced Dodd in the 67th minute.
Hesketh Bank were seeing the majority of the ball but some dogged defending prevented them making the most of their possession with the clearer chances still falling to Garstang. A Louth free kick into the box fell to Fawcett but the midfielder failed to hit the target.
As the game drew to a close Taylor preserved Garstang’s lead when he cleared off the line then Jack had a chance to make the game save but Dill palmed his shot away.
Garstang managed to negotiate the final minutes after having dug in deep reducing Hesketh Bank to half chances and creating enough chances of their own to have won the game more comfortably.
Hesketh Bank team: Dill, Paynter, Dickinson, Cox, Wynne, Toth, Saunders, Hulme, Zama, Hogg, Maghena, SUBS: Lulat, Threlkeld, McGroarty, Sergeant, Harrison
Garstang team: Brindle, McGahon, Louth, Bell, Crossley, Taylor, Dodd, Fawcett, Crook, Lewis, Mattichechia. SUBS: Jack, Murphy, Hay, Thornley
Fixtures: Saturday 28th February K.O. 3 pm. Burnley Utd. v Garstang and at the Riverside, Garstang Reserves v Thornton Cleveleys Reserves.