QUITE how Garstang claimed all three points in this hotly disputed derby is a mystery after going 2-1 behind with only eight minutes to play.
Garstang made a bright start to the game in front of a good crowd. Kinsey’s pace was causing the Poulton defenders problems but without ever troubling the keeper.
Poulton’s first foray into Garstang’s penalty area didn’t come until the 16th minute when Catlow released a good ball for Pett but Pickles snuffed out the danger.
Catlow then earned himself a booking for a dispute with referee Mr Taylor who was to play a major role in what was to follow.
Visitors’ keeper Bird did well to smother a near post cross from Morris before Poulton’s Morris was gifted a chance, but he could only weakly shoot into McDonough’s midriff.
Kinsey gave Garstang the lead on 31 minutes when a good cross from Pickles was headed back across the goal by Osbourne for Kinsey to finish from close range.
Garstang were good value for their one goal lead at this stage as further opportunities fell to Andrews after good work by Bullock, and to Kinsey after Pickles and Andrews had combined well.
Pett was booked for going through on Pickles who had to receive lengthy attention. Poulton’s centre back Morris further contributed to his side’s eventual downfall by attracting an unnecessary yellow card for his protestations.
Garstang maintained their superiority to the break with both Ross and Roskell both having decent attempts at goal.
Things looked bleak for the visitors after 55 minutes when Morris again had a little too much to say for Mr Taylor’s liking and was dispatched to the dressing rooms.
The expected onslaught from Garstang didn’t happen as they pressed the self destruct button. Wilson handled in the box, Catlow converted the penalty, 1-1.
Garstang’s play became increasingly more untidy. Manager Darley sent on Klas for Morris before Poulton were reduced to nine men when the already booked Sharrock punched the ball into the Garstang net on 66 minutes.
Pennington replaced Roskell but Garstang were unable to make their numerical advantage pay. Woodruff was booked for dragging down Riches before Garstang were given another shock when Catlow’s corner went directly into their net, with only eight minutes left.
Garstang looked down and out when, with only four minutes remaining, a Pennington cross was headed down by Andrews into the path of Wilson who made up for his previous mistake by firing past the oncoming Bird, 2-2.
But that wasn’t it, with only injury time to play and sensing three points were a possibility, Pennington became his side’s hero when he fired his shot through a mass of players to give Garstang what looked an unlikely score line to the delight of the home crowd, in a game that lacked quality but never incident.
Garstang: McDonough, Pickles, Woodruff, G Wilson, Osbourne, Roskell (Pennington 75), Bullock, Kinsey, Andrews, D Morris (Klas 64). Unused subs: Roskell P, Matticheccia.
The game was sponsored by Reg Armstrong who chose Carl Pickles as their man of the match.
This Saturday’s fixtures Garstang v Coppull United and Turton Reserves v Garstang Reserves.