Villa’s marvellous run is ruined in season’s finale

Action from  Euxton Villa vs. Garstang
Action from Euxton Villa vs. Garstang

Euxton Villa’s nine-game unbeaten run was ended by Garstang in Villa’s final game of the West Lancashire League Premier Division.

Villa had been on an excellent run which last saw them last defeated back in January.

The home side found themselves 3-0 down after Matty Poole had given Garstang the lead before second-half goals from Tom Graham and Aaran Helliwell all but sealed the victory.

Villa led a fightback through Jordan Horner and Byron Andrew, but they just failed to find an equaliser to secure a point.

Euxton ended the season in ninth position, with pre-Christmas form cost Mark McDonnell’s side a chance of breaking into the top six.

The home side started the better, with Horner producing a fine save from the goalkeeper inside seven minutes.

Garstang hit back immediately with Gary Fawcett putting his side’s first chance wide before a slick move involving Graham and Fawcett saw midfielder Chris Anderson side foot his shot wide.

Villa goalkeeper Shaun Gibbs pulled off an excellent double save and then thwarted both Fawcett and Graham.

Gary Louth did well with a last-ditch tackle on Danny Marland to deny the young forward a certain goal.

Garstang piled on the pressure and took the lead seven minutes before the break.

Defender Lee McKenna lost his bearings and Poole nipped in to score his 18th goal of the season.

At the other end, Marland then produced a fine save from James Brindle and Andrew flashed a corner across the box which evaded

everybody.

Early second-half chances fell to Garstang’s Helliwell before a powerful free-kick by Andrew came back off the Garstang post as Villa tried to rally.

Graham then finished in style to double the visitors lead before Helliwell bagged his sixth goal in as many games to make it 3-0.

Horner then pulled a goal back for Euxton, but

McDonnell’s men were struggling at the back.

The game turned interesting when Andrew finished well to reduce the deficit to one and Richard Wilson then flashed a shot across goal.

But Garstang held on to secure a victory and extend their own unbeaten run to nine.