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Lairds hit the buffers as Railmen hand out a painful lesson
12:31pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
AN "inept" performance was the way Cammell Laird manager Tony Sullivan described how his team played on Saturday in the 4-2 loss to Harrogate Railway at Kirklands, writes Phillip Wilkinson.
Confidence was high in the Cammell Laird camp after they beat New Mills 5-0 the previous Tuesday, however the next match was close to being one of the worst of Sullivan’s reign.
With just 18 minutes on the clock, the visitors struck first through Nathan Cartman, the young forward was first to pounce following Kevin Atherton's fine save from Paul Beesley which he had tipped onto the crossbar only for the ball to fall for Cartman to tap into the unguarded net.
With six minutes of the first-half remaining, Lairds task of getting back into the game was made more difficult as they fell two behind, and it was manner of the goal that was so disappointing.
Railway won the ball back on the edge of their own penalty and a simple punt upfield from centre-half John Maloney made its way through to Paul Beesley who netted for the visitors and doubled their advantage going into the break.
The second half was at least a little better for the home side and they were back in the game with 20 minutes remaining through Daley Woods.
Following a scramble in the penalty area, the former Clitheroe forward bagged his first goal for the club and at 2-1, it was likely Lairds would stage a comeback.
However, this hope was short-lived as Harrogate restored their two-goal cushion on 85 minutes after a long ball again wasn’t dealt with and when it ended up at the feet of Jesus Ferina.
He simply lifted it over the Lairds goalkeeper, who was stranded in no-man’s land and the game was seemingly over.
However, just 30 seconds later, Lairds were within one again; a free kick to the edge of the penalty area was met by skipper of the day Mike Grogan, whose looping header found its way past Crook and again, at least a point was on the cards.
The game was finally put to bed when, with seconds remaining, the visitors broke quickly and when the ball ended up on the left edge of the box at the feet of substitute Colin Hunter, he elegantly lifted the ball over Atherton to round off a bad day all round for Cammell Laird.
Following the game, Laird boss Sullivan blasted his team’s performance and conceded that improvements are needed for the Prescot Cables game on Monday.
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