Lairds win in five-goal thriller

After a disappointing midweek home league defeat against Sandbach United in which both teams struggled to dominate, the visitors gained the points when exploiting two defensive errors to win a battling fixture and take home the spoils in a 2-0 success.

But on Saturday (28 January), a visit to Staffordshire outfit Rocester saw Lairds get back to winning ways as they won a five-goal thriller.

The first half was a very even affair as both sides created and missed openings and saw keeper Dave Potter make some excellent saves, but a brilliant solo goal from Kieron Frost in the 38th minute gave Lairds the lead at the break.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half saw Lairds take control as they surged into a 3-nil lead thanks to a glancing header by Kalif Koura in the 52nd minute and in the 57th minute captain Ryan Smith blasted home a penalty following a hand ball offence.

The game looked safe for the visitors but a poor back pass with 15 minutes remaining allowed Rocester to reduce the arrears and with five minutes remaining they scored again due to an unchallenged header bringing the home team back into the game.

Despite the hard work of Joe Downey and Ross Waring in the Lairds midfield, no further goals were scored, but they had to be grateful to keeper Dave Potter who saved well following a scramble in the dying minutes of the match to secure their 3-2 victory.

Lairds are again in Staffordshire on Tuesday evening as they visit newcomers Foley Meir (7.45pm KO) and are then at home on Saturday (4 February) versus Stockport Georgians in a 2.00pm kick off, and will be looking to increase their win ratio.

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