Skipper proud of young team despite cup defeat

Oscar Panepinto scores for garstang against Charnock Richard
Oscar Panepinto scores for garstang against Charnock Richard

Captain Gary Fawcett believes experience was the telling factor behind Garstang’s Richardson Cup final defeat to Charnock Richard.

The Riversiders suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Chorley-based club, who won the competition for the third successive year.

With Garstang’s team made up of a number of young players who played in the reserves last season, they were always going to be facing a difficult task against Charnock.

Dave Haslam’s men still have high hopes of winning the WLL Premier Division title this year and are set to move up to the North West Counties League next season.

“To lose the final was a bit gut-wrenching,” said Fawcett.

“But on reflection, it was not too bad because a lot of the players in our team were playing for our reserve team which won the Reserve Division One title last season.

“We have always had a half decent record against Charnock in the past.

“We have played them twice this season in the league and both games were competitive.

“They have just got a lot more experience than us and they had lads who have played in a lot more cup finals that what we have.”

It was the first time that Garstang had reached the Richardson Cup final in their history and Fawcett agreed that he and his team-mates can be proud of their cup run.

“We got to the Lancashire Cup final about six or seven years ago, so it’s a long time since the club got to a final.

“So it was great to get there, but once you get there, you always want to win it.

“I would like to thank all the fans who came to the final – their support was tremendous.”

Garstang will now turn their attention to the final few weeks of the season.

They still have three league games left and do not play again until next Wednesday when they face Crookland Casuals away. (6-45pm KO).