Garstang bounce back after draw

Alice Matthews (Player of the Match) on the ball for GLHC.
Alice Matthews (Player of the Match) on the ball for GLHC.




With an immediate opportunity to put right last week’s disappointing draw against Blackpool 1, Garstang rocked up with a 3-1 victory in the first round of the Caley Cup. It was a rollercoaster game but a pleasure to see the grit and determination displayed by all members of the squad.

Garstang started strong with clean passing from defence to attack resulting in solid possession and a high percentage of play. Several chances resulted from the Garstang pressure with a number of strong shots from Alice Matthews, all just narrowly missing the goal. Garstang continued to press hard, with Diane Roe battling triumphantly down the right, linking well with Lyndsey Hayes and Niki Oddie. However, as the whistle for half time was heard Garstang had failed to capitalize on any of their good passages of play or penalty corners and went into the break 0-0.

Blackpool clearly regrouped during the half time team talk and began the second half with vigour and refreshed energy. They pressured the Garstang defence resulting in several penalty corners. Garstang keeper Sarah Skelton was steadfast and solid until a goalmouth scrabble saw Blackpool score first.

With the fear of cup defeat looming and a break in play for an injury Garstang were illuminated, stepping up a gear with Josie Rice towering in central attack punishing the Blackpool defence and forcing a penalty corner. Once taken, controlled and a quick left pass Alice Matthews fired the ball hard into the back of the Blackpool goal – 1-1. This was just the push Garstang needed and second goal followed shortly as Di Roe tousled on the goal line setting the score to 2-1.

The fun with the seasiders, nonetheless, was not over yet as Blackpool came back, fighting and attacking hard, with one shot at goal ricocheting high off the Garstang post. The Garstang defence remained tight and a break from the back by Donna Richardson resulted in a pass down the right line to Alice Matthews. Her signature bullet cross found Fran Summers and with deft and casual control Fran guided the ball into the back of the Blackpool goal. A great result for Garstang, with the lights well and truly out for Blackpool’s Caley Cup run.