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Jimmy Reid’s ‘rollicking’ for Pickering Town cup duds
4:05pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
ANGRY boss Jimmy Reid branded Pickering Town’s 6-2 FA Vase exit to Crook Town “totally unacceptable”.
The Recreation Ground defeat on Saturday followed hot on the heels of last Tuesday’s 3-2 reverse at Brighouse Town in the Northern Counties East League premier division.
The back-to-back losses rankled with Reid, who has this month seen his side rack up six or more goals against three of the top flight’s lesser lights – Winterton, Staveley and Lincoln Moorlands.
“There’s no point putting six or seven goals past Lincoln Moorlands and Staveley and then putting in a performance like we did on Saturday in the FA Vase,” said Reid.
“They have shown they can do it, but we can’t afford to wait for a given time or given day, when the wind is blowing in the right direction. They need to perform every time they play.
“They need to be coming off the pitch with no petrol in the tank. If not, they are not doing it properly. Not many of them were running on red on Saturday.”
Pickering hosted Garforth Town last night and are at home again on Saturday, against Liversedge.
Even a run of victories would not placate the Pikes chief, who said: “The damage is done and if we win a few it doesn’t matter to me.
“You judge your season on games in the FA Cup, the FA Vase, and against teams like Bridlington and Brighouse, and we haven’t done very well.
“I can’t accept that defeat on Saturday. If the players are happy with it, they won’t be at the club very long. It is down to the players. Too many were looking at others to do the work on Saturday and it wasn’t good enough.
“We now have to regroup and look for an acceptable response and reaction to the rollicking they got in the dressing room on Saturday.”
The Pikes have now lost three cup ties against Northern League division one opposition, with the second qualifying round humbling following a 4-1 FA Cup drubbing by Dunston UTS and a 3-1 defeat by Bishop Auckland in the Eric Powell Charity Cup.The Vase tie started brightly enough for the Pikes as they had an effort cleared off the line after only five minutes.
A Lewis Taylor corner found Pickering man-of-the-match Nathan Cook, but his goalbound effort was thwarted by defender Chris Renshaw with ’keeper Barry Poskett beaten.
The visitors were denied three times in the space of six minutes before the home side forged ahead on 22 minutes.
A Taylor free-kick from the halfway line found an unmarked Cook, who scored with a fine header.
Crook equalised on 31 minutes when Kyle Davis netted after good work by Warren Byrne.
As half-time approached, Steve Baxter and debutant Josh Greening missed easy close-range chances to restore the Pikes’ lead.
Crook took the lead with a gift of a goal on 57 minutes when Byrne streaked clear and lobbed Arran Reid from 30 yards.
Within a minute, Greening equalised after excellent work by Baxter, but the joy was shortlived as Byrne again lobbed Reid from outside the penalty area.
On 67 minutes, Crook moved further clear when a fine passing move ended with a Davis finish, and he completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes with the Pikes defence in disarray.
Byrne also completed a treble from the penalty spot after Reid brought down Bird four minutes from time.
Pickering (v Crook): A Reid, T Reid, Cook, Readman, Sturdy, Taylor, Dalton (Hawkes 66), Patterson, Baxter, Danby, Greening (Fenwick 74). Subs (not used): Shepherd, Gowen. Attendance: 166.
In the 3-2 league defeat at Brighouse, ’keeper Reid was sent off in the first half for two bookable offences and Cook took over in goal.
Tom Matthews put the home side ahead after five minutes and, although Joe Danby levelled on 14 minutes, Ryan Hall made it 2-1 to the hosts at half-time.
Hall added a second goal on 67 and Robbie Hawkes got a second for the Pikes in the last minute.
Meanwhile, holders Pickering have been given a first round bye in the North Riding County FA Senior Cup.
Whitby Town have again not entered the competition.
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