Late drama as Cammell Laird draw with New Mills

Cammell Laird 1907 FC travelled to New Mills FC and produced a good performance on the home team’s sloping pitch.

However, Lairds can feel aggrieved that they did not take all three points as a last-minute goal from Jack Darlington was disallowed arguably by a late flag for off-side.

Playing up the incline in a rain-soaked first half, Lairds played some really good football and deservedly took the lead following excellent passing between Jake Hulley, Jay Harvey, and Nathan Johnston who laid on a simple chance for Zak Catesbay to stroke home for the lead on the half-hour.

However, slack marking in the 37th minute saw the home team level matters as Rob Payne netted after a scramble and in the 44th minute took advantage of poor defensive play to go into the break 2-1 up after Ollie Havens netted.

Attacking down the slope in the second half, Lairds tested home keeper Will O’Carroll on a few occasions, but each time he rose to the task and kept the score line down.

That was until Matty Beaman headed home a great goal from a corner in the 54th minute to even the scores.

Lairds were now overcoming the over-physical nature of the home team and re-took the lead in the 70th minute as Jay Harvey fired home from 20 yards and could have increased their lead only for some wayward finishing and O’Carroll making yet more saves.

New Mills then punished some hesitant defensive play in the 87th minute as Luke Merrill equalised after Lairds failed to clear a cross from the danger area.

Even so, Lairds continued to look for the winner and were unlucky when a dubious flag prevented Darlington from claiming the points in a game they should have taken all three points.

Next fixture is away to Premier division leaders Wythenshawe on Tuesday in the Macron Cup with a 7.45pm kick off.

Then they are at home versus Cheadle Heath Nomads in the league on Saturday 21st October with a 3.00pm kick off.

Both the reserves and youth teams are away on 21st versus West Kirby and Runcorn Linnets respectively.

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