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Jimmy Reid cheered by Pickering Town win
3:06pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
THREE points and a clean sheet cheered Pickering Town manager Jimmy Reid as his side bounced back to form.
Following disappointing home defeats against Garforth and Liversedge, the Pikes travelled to Parkgate and won 4-0 in the Northern Counties East League premier division.
While Reid was not overjoyed – with Parkgate having only picked up seven points all season – the Recreation Ground boss declared himself satisfied with the display.
“It was a bit better,” he said. “We won 4-0 and had a clean sheet. A couple of players who needed to score goals did. The main thing is it was three points and a clean sheet.
“We have been creating chances but not winning games. Here, we created eight chances and we scored four.”
Reid, who was looking for his side to show further improvement as they welcomed Athersley Recreation to Mill Lane last night (Tuesday), dipped into the transfer market to bring former under-19s player Ben Lock back to Ryedale from Tadcaster Albion.
“He came on with 15 minutes to go on Saturday,” added Reid. “He was in the U19s with us before he went to Harrogate Railway.
“It never materialised for him there and he went to Taddy but has now come back to us. He likes us and we like him so we will have to fit him in somewhere in our plans.”
But while Lock has joined the Pikes, Reid is now less optimistic of securing the services of former Football League stalwart Denny Ingram.
Reid put in a seven-day notice of approach for the ex-Hartlepool United and Scarborough defender but, when asked about the prospect of the 37-year-old joining from Tadcaster, he admitted: “I don’t think it is going to happen.”
Pickering completely dominated the first half at Parkgate and could have taken the lead as early as the seventh minute when Lewis Taylor struck a crossbar.
The opener arrived on the half hour – Robbie Hawkes surging down the wing and crossing into the box where Parkgate defender Reece Wesley turned the ball into his own net.
Six minutes later, a controversial goal doubled the Pikes’ advantage.
Joe Danby appeared to handle the ball just outside the Parkgate penalty box but, pushing the ball into his own path, he found Josh Greening, who tapped the ball home from six yards.
Referee Aaron Bannister awarded the goal, much to the annoyance of the home team and supporters.
Parkgate had more fire in their belly at the start of the second period. Two minutes in, Tom Foltyn Brown headed the ball over the bar from close range before, with 65 gone, Scott Lowe’s superbly struck free-kick was somehow saved by Pickering ’keeper David Bramley, playing his first game of the season, when it looked to be heading into the top corner.
Reid’s men gradually got back on top, however, and substitute Tommy Adams scored the third with seven minutes remaining thanks to another tap-in. Greening’s shot through a crowd, 60 seconds from the end, completed the rout.
Pickering: Bramley, Reid T, Shepherd, Readman, Sturdy, Taylor, Patterson, Greening, Danby, Hawkes, and Baxter. Subs: Adams, Dalton, Lock.
The Pikes host Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
A busy week of fixtures concludes with a trip to Glasshoughton on Tuesday (kick off 7.45pm).
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