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Laird navigate their way past tricky FA Cup tie
2:12pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
CAMMELL Laird survived a tricky looking tie in the FA Cup first qualifying tie away to Worksop Parramore and progressed through to the competition’s next round thanks to a 3-1 victory, writes Phillip Wilkinson.
The game started slowly with both sides being limited to half chances and shots from distance, none of which caused problems with either keeper.
As the half progressed it was Lairds that started to assert their authority on the game creating the better of the chances, eventually leading to the opening goal.
Thirty-eight minutes had elapsed when Lairds deservedly took the lead, a move that started with the ever impressive John Miles and ended with Craig Cairns sliding at the back post to put the ball in to the net via the upright after the former Liverpool forward John Miles had started the move in his own half and was the supplier of the cross later on in the move.
Lairds had to wait until the 75th minute to give themselves a bit of breathing space after a wonderful team move was finished off by Jon Atkinson who netted his third goal in five games since his rise from the reserves.
After some fantastic passing from Cammell Laird in a move that involved 12 passes from the right back position having won the ball back and ended with Chris Reilly crossing for Atkinson to head home past the Parramore keeper who may have done better with the effort.
It was following the second goal when the drama really unfolded in a period of play that saw two goals split one apiece and two straight reds for the home side as the Cammells secured their place next round.
The first of the two reds was shown to the Parramore skipper for a clear stamp on Laird’s midfielder John Couch under the nose of the referee who had no hesitation in showing the Parramore captain his marching orders.
Just three minutes later, Laird’s one-man advantage was doubled as Worksop Parramore were reduced to nine men for an off-the-ball incident, Lee Hill, the Worksop Number 8, blatantly walked up to John Couch and elbowed the Lairds man off the ball, but was seen by the referee who again instantly dismissed Hill from the field of play.
If Worksop thought there afternoon was over, it got worse with the third goal of the afternoon for the visitors.
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