Lairds battle to draw against Eccleshall

Locally, many games were postponed due to the wet weather, but Cammell Laird 1907 FC had no problems as they entertained Eccleshall FC on a well-maintained surface in excellent condition.

Although for all their efforts, they still only managed to share the spoils with the visitors.

Opening exchanges went the way of Lairds, but created chances went begging, with visiting keeper Aaron Woolrich making some good saves

He should, however, have been beaten in the 14th minute when an open goal was spurned after some great build-up play and within a minute slack marking at a corner allowed Liam Hallam to head home for Eccleshall.

The remainder of the half saw Lairds back line totally dominant with Hoppe, Graham, Beaman, and Ludbrook blunting the away attack as Lairds fought hard to equalise but wasted opportunities did them no favours.

Lairds could have been playing against 10 men had the officials seen a blatant headbutt, but the score stayed at 0-1 at the break.

Second half action was much the same but Woolrich made some good saves to keep them at bay. The introduction of Kieran Hamm injected more purpose into Lairds and his bursting run in the 82nd minute saw him blast home a great solo effort to level matters.

With time running out yet another heading opportunity was missed from six yards to provide Lairds with the points and so the game ended even with a 1-1 score line.

Lairds next fixture is not until Saturday, 2 December, with a 3.00pm kick off against Droylsden at home in the KRCT Stadium.

A great team effort from the reserves saw them defeat Rainhill Town Reserves away with a 4-0 success. Ben Crossley fired home a brace and both Kieran Hughes and Cy Sullivan bagged a goal apiece as they maintained their assault on the divisional title and are now in second place with four games in hand on the leaders FC Kirkby.

Next Saturday, 25 November, sees them at home in the KRCT Stadium, versus Runcorn Sports reserves in the Shield cup game with a 3.00pm kick off.

Image: Kieran Hamm. Credit: Dave Blackwood

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