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Jimmy Reid positive despite Bank Holiday loss
3:27pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
PICKERING TOWN manager Jimmy Reid remains confident in his team’s ability despite seeing them pick up just one win from their opening three games.
A 78th-minute equaliser from Joe Danby earned the team their first draw of the season against Basford United on Bank Holiday Monday.
Wayne Jones had fired the home side into the lead three minutes before the interval but a determined second-half effort from the away side was enough to see Pickering return from Nottingham with a point.
This came 48 hours after the Pikes lost 2-1 to early-season leaders Retford United.
Reid, who felt his team were unlucky not come away with more from the weekend’s action, said: “I’m not overly worried about the draw.
“The team were unlucky on Saturday. We had five clear chances to win the game, we were just unfortunate. With the chances we had we could have won the game if Liam Salt had played.”Salt, who is due for a scan on a knee, is expected to be out for another four to six weeks. The striker scored 36 goals last season and bagged four in five appearances in pre-season.
Saturday’s game finished 2-1 to Retford – Pickering’s first defeat of term – but, with chances for Joe Danby, Tom Adams and Steve Baxter, the Pikes were unlucky not to come away with a point.
After a goalless first half, both teams began the second half in better spirits, with Retford’s Reece Thompson a constant danger.
A 35-yard free-kick by Tom Reid caused Retford ’keeper Jody Barford problems and his failed attempt to clear resulted in Danby scoring from close range.
However, Retford equalised when Thompson got the best of goalkeeper Arran Reid. Ten minutes later, a left-wing corner from Craig Aspinall found an unmarked Lee Holmes, who headed home.
It got worse for the away side as Jamie Patterson was shown a straight red card for a bad tackle two minutes from time.
Pickering nearly clawed back a point as Adams saw a stoppage-time attempt well saved. Pickering’s away schedule is set to continue with games at Athersley Recreation on Saturday (3pm), Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Long Easton United, but manager Reid does not believe the list of fixtures on the road will affect the team: “We would rather play the teams now while the pitches are good,” he said. “The aim now is to pick up decent points away from home.”
Pickering (v Retford): A Reid, T Reid, Gowan, Readman, Sturdy, Ramm, Taylor (Patterson 70), Adams, Baxter, Danby (Dalton 73), Shepherd.
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