Ossett Town 3
MANAGER Tony Sullivan was fuming after his side gifted Ossett Town three points in a difficult away day on Saturday slipping to 10th in the Evo-Stik League Division One North in the process.
This game was billed as Lairds’ chance to shake-off the disappointing 5-0 defeat in the FA Cup six days earlier at FC United of Manchester; however the performance would not have done much to ease the side’s gripe as Ossett took advantage and more importantly, their chances, to bag the win.
Ossett got off to the slightly better start and clocked up three shots on target within the first 15 minutes David Brown and Simon Baldry both going close and it was the latter who gave the Yorkshire outfit the lead on 19 minutes when a defensive slip allowed the player to strike the ball home.
Lairds’ Jamie Henders went close before the break but again the keeper did well to shut him out and the sides went into the interval with the game poised at 1-0.
After the interval both sides were playing to win with Aaron Bowen shooting just wide shortly after the re-start and Shane Kelsey doing the same on 62 minutes after rounding the Town keeper.
Lairds seemed to tire as the game progressed and it seemed to be a factor in the second goal as Kelsey found himself in space on 81 minutes after a through ball from Caldon Henson and he struck home to all but seal the game.
Just to rub it in, five minutes later Baldry also found room after losing his marker and put away a harsh third goal to make the scoreline look rather more convincing than perhaps the performance of both sides merited.