West Lancashire League: Slyne lose thriller as Garstang teenager scores late leveller

Reece Pearce.
Reece Pearce.

Slyne-with-Hest came out on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller with Longridge Town on Saturday.

Ian Roe’s side led 3-2 with 10 minutes to play only for the visitors to strike twice to seal a 4-3 victory.

Brad Carsley gave Longridge the lead 10 minutes in as he converted Ryan McKenna’s cross.

Slyne were level on the half hour with former Lancaster City man Reece Pearce finishing well at the end of a counter attack to make it 1-1.

The hosts were in front for the first time eight minutes into the second half with Danny Dixon on target.

The game continued to go back and forth however and Longridge were back level on 61 minutes as Carsley got his second of the day, firing home from distance.

What was now a real thriller took another twist 12 minutes from time with Pearce giving Slyne the lead again at 3-2.

The drama wasn’t done there though with Cory Bent coming off the bench to level the scores at 3-3 on 84 minutes before turning provider for Conor Linighan to score a last-minute winner.

Teenager Ben Roberts scored a late equaliser for Garstang as they drew 2-2 at Coppull United on Saturday in new manager Lee Baker’s first game in charge.

The home side took the lead on 23 minutes with a missed punch from veteran ‘keeper Mark Armstrong allowing Lewis Pilgrim to tap in.

Fomer Dolly Blues striker Matty Poole pulled Garstang level on 37 minutes, latching on to an Armstrong clearance before lobbing Kevin Baldwin in the Coppull goal.

Despite the Riversiders having plenty of chances Coppull went back in front from the penalty spot on 68 minutes.

Mitch Leece was brought down by Armstrong before stepping up to convert from 12 yards.

The stage was set for youth team player Roberts to steal the show, coming off the bench to fire in a screamer that handed Baker and his men a deserved point.