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Pickering Town boss buoyant despite Cup blow
3:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
PICKERING Town boss Jimmy Reid is in confident mood ahead of trips to Retford and Basford, saying his team “can beat anyone on their day”, writes Tom Nancarrow.
Despite going out of the FA Cup after losing 4-1 at Dunston UTS on Saturday, Reid is confident his side can rekindle the form they showed in their opening Northern Counties East League victory against Worksop Parramore.
Pikes play Retford in the premier division this Saturday before backing up to play league new-boys Basford on Bank Holiday Monday.
“If we play the way we can play we can beat anyone on our day,” said Reid. “We are capable of matching the best and we are one of the best footballing teams in the league but we need to do the dirty things right.”
Dunston UTS kicked Pikes out of the extra preliminary round of the cup at the UTS Stadium.
Reid said: “It was a disappointing performance and day for us. We did well for 20 minutes and should have been two up.
“We got sloppy with conceding from a penalty and a free kick and we had no response to it.
“We didn’t do enough without the ball and at the end of the game 4-1 was a good reflection.”
Pickering took the lead through Lewis Taylor in the 16th minute and they held it until Andrew Bulford equalised for the home side just before half-time.
Dunston were re-energised in the second half and ran out comprehensive winners with Bulford completing a hat-trick before Chris Swailes rounded off the scoring.
Pikes won their opening league game 2-0 at Worksop, while upcoming opponents Retford and Basford both got off to perfect starts with back-to-back wins in the premier division.
With Pickering playing two matches in three days, Reid is pleased with his options.
“We know we can play, we could make nine or 10 changes if we have to,” he said. “If the players play well on Saturday then I’ll pick them on Monday.”
Retford play at Maltby Main tonight ahead of the clash with Pickering, while Monday’s opponents Basford hosted Liversedge last night and have an away game against Brighouse Town on Saturday.
• Boss Darren Williams was sent off as Whitby Town drew 1-1 with Ilkeston in their Evo-Stik League premier division opener. Craig Farrell gave the Blues the lead but Antwan Fisher levelled after the break.
Williams was then controversially sent from the dug-out after a clash with Ilkeston player Gary Ricketts.
Scarborough Athletic began life in division one south with a 1-1 draw at Kidsgrove. Andrew Milne’s goal for the Seadogs was cancelled out by Nicholas Ward.
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