Another Win in the Bag
Garstang earn a hard fought bonus point win after overcoming a tough Bury challenge
LANCASHIRE/CHESHIRE THREE NORTH
GARSTANG 24-3 BURY
Garstang continued their excellent early season form with a solid bonus point victory against Bury.
The outcome was slightly more comfortable for Garstang than the cup meeting the previous week but the game was just as fiercely contested.
Garstang started the game strongly and they were rewarded with a try after just a few minutes as Adam Nickson ran in from distance following a sweeping movement across the backline (5-0).
Having a strong bench gave Garstang the option of making several changes throughout the game and it was just as well as early injuries to Nickson, Lawson Whittaker and Charlie Clark meant that the bench was pressed into action earlier than planned. The changes disrupted Garstang’s performance and Bury capitalised on this as they built the pressure on the home side to get on the front foot. This pressure eventually yielded a penalty which they kicked for goal to narrow the gap (5-3).
On the stroke of half time Bury had the opportunity to take the lead with another kick at goal but it was narrowly wide.
The half time break gave Garstang the opportunity to press the re-set button and fix a few things that weren’t going as expected.
The breather and discussion did the trick as the team came flying out of the blocks. A period of heavy pressure saw Garstang create a massive overlap which looked sure to be a try. As the ball was spread wide it went to ground but Edgar Nicholls salvaged the situation as he gathered the ball and then went on a weaving run to crash through and go over under the posts for a score which was improved by Paul Brown’s conversion (12-3).
Soon after, Garstang had a penalty which they kicked from the corner. The subsequent line out saw Gavin Barton go over on the short side following a well worked move (17-3).
Moments later Garstang looked to have scored one of the tries of the season as the ball was worked out to the backs and passed down the line before Gavin Barton linked up and dived over in the corner. Unfortunately, he was adjudged to have gone into touch as he scored but it was a very close call.
He was not to be denied though and minutes later he scored the bonus point try which was also converted (24-3).
Bury were still not done in the game and they dominated the last twenty minutes but Garstang’s defence during this period was absolutely magnificent as they repelled wave after wave of attack.
It was a great effort to deny Bury even a consolation try and the win moves Garstang eight points clear at the top of the table.
Team: Nicholls, Corless, Parkinson, Whittaker, Hodgson, Jones, Kelsall, Barton, Riley, Brown, Wilson, Dugdale, Nickson, Tomlinson, Davies. Replacements: Couling, Kenyon, Dawson, Price, Clark
The Blues had an epic afternoon as they drew a dramatic game against Aspull 2nds. Trailing 26-5 at the break the team looked beaten but a superb second half performance saw them fighting back and the game finished up at 31-31.
On Saturday 4th November the 1st XV travel to Ashton-under-Lyne and the Blues make the short journey to play Preston Grasshoppers 5ths, both games KO at 14:15.