Lairds Reserves in hard-fought victory over Rainhill

It was another blank week for Cammell Laird 107 FC’s first team, but the reserves continued their quest for multiple honours as they overcame Rainhill Town reserves in the West Cheshire Shield competition with a late goal in a hard-fought encounter.

Although the better team for much of the contest, with Peter Charles being dominant in a man of the match display, Lairds failed to capitalise on some well-fashioned opportunities, but also had a goal wrongly disallowed and penalty claims turned aside.

However, with only minutes remaining they decided the tie with an excellent strike from Ben Crossley to secure a 1-0 verdict and will now play West Kirby reserves in the semi-final next month.

Next week sees the reserves take on Ellesmere Port U23s.

Although below strength Lairds Youth team battled well in the Youth Plate competition but lost a five-goal thriller 3-2 versus AFC Knowsley.

Exchanges were even but Lairds took the lead through Bobby Barker but they fell behind before Leo Patten made it 2-2 in 90 minutes.

Trying hard to complete a victory they were caught on the break in extra time and succumbed to a late defeat.

The 1st team entertain Abbey Hulton United in a rearranged fixture on Saturday, 3 February, with a 3.00pm kick off.

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