STEPHEN Palfrey’s first game back in charge of Pilkington was a make-or-break game at Garstang in the race for top four.

The pitch was in terrible condition, so the Glassmen took a minute or two to adjust their touch.

The first 15 minutes were lively for both teams. Both Deklan Hill and Paul Watson had efforts just wide of the post from outside of the box. It was coming. Garstang also gave a bit back with chances from Captain Joseph Noblet and Zach Clarke.

The first goal of the game came in the 33rd minute, and it was a green one. A cross into the box by Marcus Giglio was cushioned down by Watson and calmly finished by Taylor Prescott, for his first senior goal for the Club.

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Pilks finally looked on top, however the lead. However, in the 45 minute, Gaz Kenny gave away a penalty which was put away by Joseph Noblet.

The lads went into half time feeling dejected and knew they could've easily kept the lead at the break. The start of the second half almost felt as if the lads were chasing the game. Phil Marsh opened an opportunity early on with an overhead kick, but Garstang no.1 James Catlow was there to pick up the pieces.

Garstang took their opportunity to take the lead once more, this time through Camerson Ross. His 51st minute strike trickled past Ben Jones to make Pilks’ mission even harder. Pressure from the Glassmen followed, and more chances came to Prescott and Hill. Watson however, was the man to bring Pilks level. A cross into the box by Adam Howard was blocked by Philip Nagy, and the loose ball allowed Watson to open his foot and stick the ball in the back of the net.

Pilks were dominant and pushed for the winner with Hill, Marsh and Watson having chances to score. In the dying minutes Jack Cunliffe blazed a shot over the bar. Pilks could've won the game with the last touch of the game, after a fantastic save from Watson’s shot an open goal was presented to Hill but he steered the ball onto the post from a tight angle.

The referee blew for full time and although at the time the result felt sour, it's not a bad point for the greens as they battle for promotion