Pirie bemoaned an under–par display from his side

Up to fourteenth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division for Liversedge, after three first-half goals proved just too much for Bottesford Town, who fall to ninth after a 3-2 defeat at the Birkdale Stadium – a result which left Poachers’ Head of Media Operations, Howard Pirie bemoaning an under–par display from his side, writes Margaret Gregory.

Kevy Tarangadzo set Sedge on their way in the first minute, and before the half hour, Rhys Davies (19 minutes) and Emile Sinclair (26 minutes) had stretched the visitors lead to three. Jack McMenemy (34 minutes) gave the home fans in the crowd of 50 something to get behind, and although he scored again with twenty minutes left, the home side couldn’t salvage a point.

A glum Howard was not happy with the display as he explained to us. “We were square pegs in round holes both off the pitch and on today. Due to absentees in crucial clerical roles, everyone was trying their best without looking convincing, and it proved the same on the pitch.”

“Although 0-3 down on half an hour we nearly managed to scramble a result. We are clearly in a rut and once again the league table has turned itself on its head. Liversedge proved a formidable hard-working resolute side. The only pleasure today was calling their team out on the tannoy. Jack McMenemy once again bagged the goals for Bottesford, but that merely papered over the cracks of a lacklustre performance. We have become complacent and it can’t be any coincidence that we perform against the better sides. We are in it together and senior members need to show leadership on and off the pitch to steer the ship into dock. A good look in the mirror and honest reflection on the level of commitment we put in, results in where we are.”

Howard added that he normally liked to put a happy slant on his scribblings, but his ink is very dark at the moment.

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