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Poor performance from Cammell Laird as they go one goal – and one man – down
3:34pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
CAMMELL Laird lost by a goal to nil on the road and were reduced to ten men in a performance described by manager Tony Sullivan as "poor", writes Phillip Wilkinson.
After three straight wins, Laird were in good form as they made the relatively short trip to Lancashire to face Bamber Bridge.
It was the home side who created the better chances in the opening exchanges and Laird keeper Kevin Atherton had to be alert to keep them at bay.
The pick of the first half saves was a one-handed parry from a free kick struck by Bamber Bridge fullback Paul Alexander.
Laird themselves created a couple of chances in the first half, skipper for the day Steven Ferrigan had a bullet header from a John Miles corner. However the effort was directly at ‘keeper Steven James.
The second was created by Jamie Henders all on his own; after winning the ball inside the box he tricked his way past Phill Dougherty before his attempted lob over keeper James was cleared off the line by the Bamber captain Matty Kay.
With only three minutes of the second-half played, Laird fell behind after the ball was given away by Freddy Potter in the final third.
Goalkeeper Steven James sent a long ball forward that was allowed to bounce and then goalkeeper Kevin Atherton had a moment he will want to forget, as his parry fell right in to the path of Alistair Waddicar who needed no second invitation to smash home in to the empty net.
Laird's performance dipped further following the goal, and shortly after falling behind, they then handed Bamber Bridge a numerical advantage.
Jack Webb who was booked in the first half, then threw the ball to the ground following a decision that went against him.
The referee showed no mercy and showed the midfielder a second yellow before the inevitable red, so the Cammell's task was to be that little bit more difficult.
Laird's best chance of the second came from Daley Woods after a decent spell of possession.
The ball was delivered from the right and met by Woods, whose headed effort was directed at the on-loan Preston North End goalkeeper, who produced a routine save.
The game fizzled out and Laird were beaten by the better side, but they will be disappointed with the performance and will look to bounce back against Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy next Saturday at Kirklands.
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