Garforth Town 2-0 Pensitone Church
Two out of two at the SCN Stadium
Garforth made it two wins out of two at home this season (and in our new kit) with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Penistone Church.
Both sides got off to a slow start, with there being few clear cut opportunities for either team in the first half. In the early exchanges there were a couple of half chances for Garforth, before Lee Turner curled a shot wide after latching onto a clearance, and a powerful Calum Ward effort went wide. However, many of the great deliveries Garforth were putting into the box could not be met by the strikers, and it was a similar story for the visitors.
With Garforth not playing at their best in the first 25 minutes, Penistone soon created a couple of chances of their own. After 27 minutes, a long range shot from their player Luke Johnson went just over the bar. They then built a little bit of momentum with another chance shortly after.
Despite this, Garforth did take the lead on 35 minutes. Calum Ward has arrived with a big reputation and is living up to it so far after scoring in two consecutive games for the club. His goal to make it 1-0 on the night resulted from a proper goalmouth scramble from a set piece, as he eventually poked the ball in among a sea of bodies, there clearly being no doubt in his determined mind that he would get the goal.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first as a Penistone cross into the box was not met by an attacker. Pete Lawrie, making his debut in goal for Garforth, then saved from Jordan Corduri's shot. Next, Church's number 11, Scott Whittington, shot off target from the right wing area.
Garforth however were playing the second half with greater intensity, and just after those Penistone chances, Mitch Hamilton and Lee Turner both showed skilful footwork in the same move, but the latter's cross along the ground could not be met by a fellow attacker.
On 58 minutes the lead was doubled after Turner powered home a great ball from captain James Beaston to make it 2-0. Turner is in great form currently, and that was his fourth goal for the club in the same number of days. Immediately after there was another lift for Garforth fans, as Liam Ormsby entered the field of play, making his first appearance since returning to the club.
With twenty minutes to go, the visitors were pushing to find a way back into the game, but Town's defenders were working hard to protect the clean sheet. Sam Leach made a good block to stop a shot by Penistone's Nathan Keightley.
There was nearly a debut goal for Ormsby at the other end, as he shot wide from the edge of the box at the end of a good Garforth move. He was soon joined on the field by another player making his competitive Garforth debut, as attacking midfielder Regan Fish replaced Hamilton.
Even with five minutes to go, Garforth were still happy to go forwards, as substitute Sean Hunter ran down the left hand side, with his cross falling to Beaston. The captain passed to Turner, whose shot was saved by Church keeper James Birch.
Penistone's number 3, Jordan Barnett, then hit the bar at the other end with a right footed shot after a short mazy run. They continued to attack the Garforth defence, but again the backline protected their goal resolutely, with Luke Mccrum making a good clearance in the last few minutes of normal time.
Penistone's Keightley then had another chance from the resulting corner, but his strike from the edge of the box went wide. It was to be the last clear chance of the game, and the referee finally blew the full time whistle to give Garforth a record of two wins, two clean sheets, and eight goals from two games at home this season. It's a record Town will look to extend when we host Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the Supply Chain Network Stadium this Saturday.
By Samuel Bannister