Garstang 1-0 Slyne-with-Hest

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Liam Breslin got the only goal against his former club as Garstang beat Slyne-with-Hest 1-0 in the West Lancashire Premier Division derby.

The striker scored six minutes into the second half to secure all three points for Neil Crossley’s side and settle what had been an enthralling encounter at the Riverside on Wednesday night.

In was a fast and furious start in a game where plenty of players were turning out against their former clubs.

Breslin went close on the quarter hour before Slyne’s Leon Gierke shot across the Garstang goal shortly after.

Gary Louth was the next to have a sight of goal for the hosts but could only shoot wide. Breslin then fired over the bar as a crowd of 166 lapped up a fine derby clash.

Slyne came close to an opener 10 minutes before the interval with O’Connor firing in a shot that came back off the bar.

Garstang stopper Curwen was then forced into a point-blank save on the stroke of half-time to ensure it was goalless at the break.

Crossley’s side were soon in front after the interval with Tom Graham robbing Neil Uberschar of the ball and feeding Breslin who fired past former Riversiders ‘keeper Jim Brindle.

Both sides had sights of goal in the closing stages but it was Garstang who took derby bragging rights.

Garstang: Curwen, Birch, Louth, Lewis, Crossley, Roskell, Graham, Fawcett, Landless, Breslin, Bell. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Jones, A Matichecchia, Hay.

Slyne-with-Hest: Brindle, Morrow, Hastings, Uberschar, Wardle, Alderton, Buller, Gierke, Love, Entwisle, O’Connor. Subs: Moore, Murphy, Catterson.

This Saturday Slyne host Eagley while Garstang travel to Thornton Cleveleys.