THE fact that Jim Brindle in the Fulwood goal didn’t have a worthwhile shot to save in the entire game tells its own story.
There was a lot of tension from the beginning of the game although for the first 20 minutes Garstang held territorial advantage, that was until the 22nd minute when the home defence was carved open, the ball was put on a plate for Slater who sliced his shot wide when it was easier to score.
Within minutes of this glaring miss, Fulwood had hit the bar before going in front in the 30th minute. A reckless challenge by Bullock in the box brought down Pearson and although Howell made a valiant effort to keep the ball out he couldn’t keep his side level.
As has been the case in recent weeks any confidence that Garstang had quickly evaporated.
Bullock was booked before the half-time whistle then Pennington replaced Roskell for the start of the second half.
The game was virtually over as early as the 58th minute when Pearson was left with a tap in from what looked like an offside position.
Garstang’s frustrations increased, Woodruff and Brooks both attracting yellow cards but try as they may the team couldn’t do anything to cheer a good crowd who have remained supportive throughout, in a season which has only four games to go, to save Premier League status.
Garstang: Howell, P. Roskell (Pennington 45), Ross, Brooks, G Wilson, Bullock, Pickles (Matichecchia 56), R Wilson, Woodruff (Hunt 70), Kinsey, Couch. Unused subs: A Taylor Jnr, Curwen.