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Tom Adams’ penalty brace gets Pikering Town off to flier
3:07pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
PICKERING TOWN boss Jimmy Reid hailed his side’s “brilliant” defensive display as they got their Northern Counties East League premier division season off to a winning start at Worksop Parramore.
Two spot-kicks from Tom Adams set the seal on a 2-0 win at a side assistant-manager Steve Brown had identified beforehand as potential challengers for promotion.
Pickering were actually awarded three penalties during the game and, after Joel Ramm missed the first with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, former skipper Adams took over the duties after the break and slotted home twice to give the visitors a welcome three points.
Adams’ first goal came on 64 minutes after Lewis Taylor was brought down in what Reid branded a “definite penalty”.
The second came with 10 minutes remaining after Joe Danby was upended in the box.
Reid said he had never been involved in a match where one team had been given three penalties before but said his side were “magnificent”.
“They had brought some players in from Evo-Stik clubs and were undefeated during pre-season,” said the Pikes’ boss.
“Our boys were magnificent, were brilliant in defence – the best I have seen since I’ve been back at the club.
“Arran Reid made a few good saves, maybe about four in the game, but it wasn’t about individuals. Collectively they did really well.”
Next up for the Pikes is a trip to Tyneside to meet Dunston in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Reid will be without Liam Salt, whose injury against Scarborough in pre-season is likely to mean a three-month lay-off for the striker, while Tom Fenwick is suspended and Robbie Hawkes and Matty Turnbull will also be absentees.
A strong squad, however, means the likes of Ged Dalton and Dean Craig are available for selection.
Reid added: “The pitch will suit us. There’s nothing easy in football but we will go there confident that we can get the ball down and play.
“That’s what we are going to try and do all season. We like to play football. We don’t like to knock it up in the air.”
Former York City striker Craig Farrell, meanwhile, was Whitby Town’s hero as he scored two late goals to sink the Pikes in their final pre-season friendly eight days ago.
Reid’s men took the lead against the Evo-Stik outfit, Liam Shepherd firing them ahead with a low shot after beating off several would-be tacklers.
Steve Baxter, Joe Danby, Lewis Taylor, and Joel Ramm all went close to adding to the lead before the interval.
Farrell scored the leveller with seven minutes remaining and Nathan Evans put the visitors ahead two minutes later before Farrell set the seal on a 3-1 victory.
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