Lairds defeated despite spirited effort

Cammell Laird 1907 FC’s home fixture versus Cheadle Heath Nomads saw both teams, match officials, and supporters conduct an excellent two-minute silence before kick-off as a sign of respect for the fallen, with all Laird’s players and staff wearing poppy armbands.

The first half was, as in previous fixtures, dominated by Lairds for long periods, but chances came and went, with the best one coming from a penalty after a definite foul.

However, Jay Harvey’s effort hit the bar and unwittingly he hit the rebound into the net only for it to be disallowed as he played the ball twice.

The visiting keeper – Ryan Forde – then made two excellent saves to keep his team in the game as Mike Speed, Joe Caswell, and James Farr produced some superb football without getting the results required.

Lairds’ defence stood solid throughout with Dom Hoppe and Jimmy Ludbrook outstanding, but with minutes remaining, Nomads stole the lead when Max Whittle found space to fire home with their only shot of the half for an interval lead.

Second-half action was much the same as Lairds battled for an equaliser, but Nomads defending kept them at bay, but the introduction of substitutes ensured Lairds remained on top and in the 81st minute levelled matters when a deflected shot from James Eaton beat the diving keeper.

More goalmouth scrambles ensued as Lairds pressed for the winner but in the 90th minute they conceded a silly foul on the edge of the box following a breakaway and Isaac Modi drilled home what turned out to be the late winner in a 2-1 victory.

Credit to both teams for producing such a good game of football.

Lairds’ next league fixture is at home on Saturday, 18 November versus Eccleshall with a 1:30pm kick off.

Neither the reserves nor the youth team played this week, but the reserves are away to Rainhill Town Reserves (3.00pm) next week and the youth team are away against Runcorn Linnets with a 10.30am kick off.

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