Three sent off in controversial clash

Garstang boss Neil Crossley.
Garstang boss Neil Crossley.

Three players saw red as Garstang drew 2-2 with Lostock St Gerards in the West Lancashire Premier Division on Saturday.

Matthew Poole scored both goals for the hosts but with Lee Baker and Ryan Dodd sent off Neil Crossley’s hosts finished with nine men.

Oliver Volkes, later to become the man sent off for Lostock, opened the scoring from close range after Garstang failed to clear a corner.

The game was level shortly after when Poole received the ball on the edge of the box with his back to goal, he turned his man and then clipped a magnificent effort over the keeper into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

The game’s third goal came shortly before the half hour, Luke Berry finishing well to restore Lostock’s lead.

The first moment of controversy saw Baker sent off for his protestations after being penalised for a push in the area.

Jim Brindle however threw himself to his right to beat the spot kick away.

Volkes was then giving his marching orders for bringing down Poole in the area but Rogerson produced the game’s second penalty save, tipping the shot onto the post, only for the ball to rebound across goal giving Poole an easy tap in.

Garstang had to play the final five minutes with nine men after Dodd was shown a second yellow card but the Riversiders managed to see the game out.