Lairds triumph over Stockport Georgians

It was yet another quick turnaround for Lairds as they travelled to Stockport Georgians on Tuesday and displayed a great team ethic to record a superb victory which places them away from the relegation mire.

Injuries dominated their team selection, but within four minutes they took a lead they did not surrender despite fighting a rear guard battle as the game wore on.

The goal came from Richard Ley who collected the ball with his back to goal, swivelled and rifled home a great goal to put Lairds ahead. This proved to be a catalyst for some enterprising play as Caswell, Smith and Hamm urged their team on, but the score remained the same to the break.

The second half saw the defence produce a magnificent blockade as Georgians fought to level matters and keeper Casey Shakeshaft produced one excellent save to retain the slender lead.

Due to their hard work and team spirit, Lairds held onto their one-goal advantage and deservedly took the three points and record a double success over their opponents.

Fortunes were not so good as Lairds travelled to high-flying Brocton and despite a battling performance came away with nothing due to slack marking at vital times. An even first half was spoiled when two errors allowed Brocton to go 2-0 ahead, but a headed goal from Kieran Hamm reduced the deficit before the break.

The second period saw plenty of effort from Lairds but missed opportunities and poor defending allowed Brocton to net two more goals to secure a 4-1 victory that places them at the top of the division.

The next fixture sees Lairds at home versus Ashville on Easter Monday with a 3.00pm kick off.

Better news came from the reserves who were again in fine goal scoring form as they overwhelmed Helsby reserves in a eight-goal feast.

Adam Larway found the net five times in a great performance to be the player of the game, with Kieran Hughes adding a brace and Luke Burns a single in a one-sided encounter that keeps Lairds top of the West Cheshire League third division and needing just a couple of more wins to take the title at the first attempt.

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