*****Latest Results*****Latest Results**Saturday 6th. April**Under 9 League Cup**Birchwood JFC 3 Garswood Eagles 2**Under 12 League Cup**Garswood Lions 0 Golborne Sports 9**Garswood Pumas 1 Earlestown 4**Vulcan Juniors 3 Garswood Leopards 2**Under 13 League Cup**Highfield Grange 9 Garswood Hawks 1**Under 13 Division 5**Garswood Eagles 1 Pilkington 4*****Sunday 7th. April**Under 14 League Cup**Garswood Lions 3 Widnes Dragons 4**Under 15 League Cup**Parkdale Sidac 3 Garswood Hawks 2** 

09/09/16 – Seneley & Garswood Hawks v Woolston Rovers Athletico

Garswood continued their pre-season preparations with a home fixture against a team who finished mid table in Division 1 last season – the hosts plying their trade in the Division below but gaining promotion as they finished joint runners up in Division 2. A bright start was made by both teams with contrasting styles of play on show, the visitors looking to crowd the midfield and hit long balls from the back whilst the hosts looked to play it into feet at every opportunity. Woolston thought they had took the lead midway through the half when a free kick was only half cleared but their attacker was clearly in an off side position when the ref blew his whistle. They did however take the lead after half an hour when some hesitant defending saw a ball across the box which was finished at the back post putting the visitors 0-1 up. Garswood came right back and had a couple of chances to equalise before the pressure paid off as a corner was given on the right hand side. Aaron Carman played a short corner to Cam Davies who hit a curling cross which Chris Cox nodded on and Alexi Mellor thumped a diving header past the away keeper giving the hosts a deserved equaliser just before half time.

A number of changes were made at the interval and a change of formation seemed to give Garswood a renewed vigour about their play. Ten minutes into the second half Alexi Mellor swivelled and fired a thunderbolt with his left foot into the top corner from 25 yards out giving the keeper no chance. The hosts continued to attack and only some wasteful finishing prevented them from extending their lead but they had to be careful not to let the visitors back into the game and keeper Liam Higgens made a crucial stop with 20 minutes left. Moments later Lewis Taylor chased a back pass which the home keeper dallied with, nipping in and coolly stroking home into an empty net to give the hosts a well contested but deserved 3-1 win.

Final Result – Garswood Hawks 3 v Woolston Rovers 1

Again, plenty to work on before next week’s league opener but this was a good test against two teams who didn’t back away from any challenges. There is a real competition for a starting place amongst the lads and they know that only maximum effort will bring them a starting berth next week. Man of the match goes to Jack Perrat who despite suffering with illness this week put in a sterling show hardly missing a tackle all match.

02/09/16 – Golborne Sports Blue Devils v Seneley & Garswood Hawks

Garswood travelled to near neighbours and local rivals Golborne for their 1st friendly of the year looking for a win against a team who had occupied the same division for the past two seasons enjoying some good tussles along the way.  The visitors had no fewer than five debutants amongst their ranks and were keen to make a good start to life at U17 level.

Seeing as this was a friendly the tempo was fierce in the opening exchanges as both teams looked for a high press, not giving their opponents the chance to put their foot on the ball and open up space; once this spell was over both teams had a couple of half chances on the break without finding the back of the net. Play-maker Chris Cox opened the scoring 15 mins in as he volleyed an absolute gem in form 15 yards out, letting the ball drop over his shoulder before unleashing a thunderbolt in Marco Van Basten fashion which flew into the top corner of the net. Ten minutes later Alexi Mellor produced a fine run down the right hand side before crossing to Liam Dixon who rattled the ball against the bar before Chris Cox took one touch before slotting coolly home from 10 yards out putting Garswood 0-2 up at the interval.

A few minutes into the second half Liam Dixon returned the favour floating in a great ball which Chris Cox attacked at the near post heading low into the net from a few yards out. The visitors were starting to find their rhythm now and Lewis Taylor jinked down the left hand side before standing up a fine cross to the back post which Jack Moore thumped home from close range. A fifth soon followed when Aaron Carman strode forward with real purpose beating two men before hitting a sweet right footed strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards out leaving the keeper rooted to the spot. After a succession of corners, Garswood got their sixth of the match as a ball in from the right hand side was only half cleared and Harvey Radcliffe controlled, swivelled and fired high into the net from 8 yards out with a fine finish.

Despite a host of inter changes the visitors continued to pour forward and were undone when a couple of missed tackles led to a swift counter attack which ended in a response from the hosts. This seemed to re-focus minds and Jack Moore then found Alexi Mellor which unmarked with a superb cross which Alexi despatched with a bullet header from six yards out. A few minutes later Alex Edwards went on a fine run down the right hand side and committed two defenders as het cut in a floated a peach of a cross to Jack Moore who dispatched his second header of the day with a brave finish to give the visitors a fine win.

Final Result – Golborne 2 v Garswood Hawks 8

Plenty to work on before the season starts but a great display especially with so many new lads being introduced into the fold. Man of the match has to go to Chris Cox for a hat-trick on his return to the club – some of his movement both with and without the ball was a pleasure to watch.