Skipper Walling is eager for quick return to form

Garstang skipper Ian Walling
Garstang skipper Ian Walling

Ian Walling admitted his Garstang players were hurting after Saturday’s comprehensive defeat against rivals Longridge.

The Riverside outfit were well beaten by nine wickets and in turn knocked off top spot in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

Garstang are still well in the title hunt, sitting third in the league, nine points off top spot.

At the weekend, Garstang travel to in-form Hoghton before battling it out against Longridge on Sunday in the quarter-final of the Meyler Cup.

Admitting his team will be looking to avenge the league defeat against Longridge, skipper Walling feels all concentration must first be focused on Hoghton.

“We were hurting on Saturday, it was very disappointing,” he said. “We set a good platform at 85-2 and collapsed to 117 all out.

“We should have been looking at a big score of 180 to 200 and Longridge showed us that it was a good wicket.

“Sunday is a good opportunity for us to bounce back and we will try and make amends.

“But we will be concentrating on Hoghton –they’re the only team to beat Great Eccleston this season.

“They’ve had three good wins in a row and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.”

Despite losing in the league on Saturday, Walling is still full of confidence that his side can mount a title challenge.

“There are still plenty of games left this season,” he added.

“There are five or six good teams and they all seem to beat each other.

“Hopefully we can get back in the mix in the league but we also want cup success – we are a club that prides ourselves on competing at all levels.”