Vickerstown 1-1 Garstang

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GARSTANG made the long journey to Walney Island on Easter Monday and came back with a very respectable point.

Playing with a strong wind in the first half Garstang created a number of good chances. The first coming in the 24th minute, Eccles doing well to keep out an Osbourne strike then within another five minutes and following a good passing move the Vickerstown keeper had to be at his best to prevent Morris giving Garstang the first goal.

It was a good spell for the visitors as Morris, who had worked well up front on his own, provided a good opportunity for Bullock, but the diminutive midfielder’s shot was palmed on to and over the bar by Eccles.

Playing against a strong wind in the second half, one might have feared the worst but in the main Brooks and Matticheccia dealt with most of what was asked of them.

Only on one occasion did Vickerstown create a clear opportunity but it was wasted by Keenan.

Garstang could have gone in front in the 65th minute when Woodruff headed wide from close range.

Ross, who had put in a good shift, was booked for throwing the ball away before Vickerstown took the lead when Butler headed home a Newsham corner in the 72nd minute but the advantage didn’t last. Manager Darley sent on Stevens for Woodruff.

The equaliser came in the 79th minute. Morris received the ball just inside the box from a Pennington throw, he turned and shot, the ball took a deflection in the tackle and looped over the stranded keeper’s outstretched arms and although a little fortuitous the goal was no more than Garstang deserved and a valuable away point.

Garstang: Howell, Pickles, P Roskell, Brooks, Matticheccia, Ross, Bullock, Osbourne, Pennington, Woodruff, Morris. Subs: Stevens (Woodruff 77), Taylor (Pickles 84). Unused: G Wilson, Darley.