Lairds put up strong fight but lose to Warrington Town

A difficult Cheshire FA Senior cup tie versus National League Warrington Town saw Lairds produce a fine performance on Tuesday evening despite losing 2-1 against a team with ex-professional players in their ranks.

The score line does not reflect the effort applied by Lairds, but experience shone through to give the visitors victory.

Lairds then played away against Market Drayton Town in the hope of reproducing their 4-1 home success against the days opponents and with only five minutes on the clock they opened the scoring following a flowing move that resulted in Kieran Hamm firing home a great goal.

Solid defensively for much of the half, with Jake Hulley and Matty Beaman being dominant and with Joe Caswell and Ryan Smith running midfield Lairds looked set for a good result.

But poor communication following a cross saw Town level Matters as Nick Parker headed home in the 27th minute to leave the score at 1-1 at the break.

A very even second half saw both teams searching for the winner with Mike Speed causing plenty of problems for the home defence, but a comedy of errors in the 57th minute resulted in the unmarked Nathan Brayford putting the home team ahead.

Lairds fought gamely to level matters but opportunities went begging and Town took the points to take them into third place in the division with Lairds slipping into the bottom six.

On Tuesday evening Lairds will entertain Stockport Georgians in the Edwards Case Cup with a 7.45pm kick off before travelling to New Mills on Saturday 14 October for a 3.00pm kick off.

The reserves manager of the month John Leasor saw his team continue their fine form when beating divisional leaders FC Kirby 3-2 away to close the gap at the top and remain in second place.

The youth team remain unbeaten following their hard-fought 5-4 home victory over Athletico Blues and have games in hand to close the gap at the top whilst staying third.

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