Lairds early season fixtures result in disappointment

Despite trialling many new players in the pre-season fixtures, the outcome of games did not yield the required results, as only a 2-2 draw away at AFC Liverpool provided a respite from four other goalless score lines and defeats.

The opening two league fixtures have also been below the standard expected at Lairds, despite plenty of effort being applied by the players as both games ended in defeat, away at Eccleshall FC and at home versus Cheadle Town.

The away fixture saw many players absent due to personal reasons and left the squad lacking in experience, which wasn’t helped when both Ryan Smith and Kieran Hamm left the field of play injured.

An excellent chance could have provided Lairds with a deserved point, but this was blasted straight at the home keeper. This resulted in a one nil loss as a deflected cross caused an own goal to decide the game.

At home versus Cheadle Town, Lairds had more established players on display including captain Jake Hulley and in a bright opening they went ahead when Kieran Hamm collected a through ball in the area and turned and rifled home a good goal.

However, errors started to occur and Town levelled matters before the break as a defensive calamity enabled them to score.

The second half saw plenty of effort from Lairds but still unforced errors and bad marking allowed Town to bag two more breakaway goals to secure a 3-1 success and leave Lairds pointless and looking for their first win. Hopefully, this will come against Maine Road FC away on Monday.

Lairds’ next home fixture is on Saturday 13 August versus Stockport Town FC, with a 3.00pm kick off.

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