There hasn’t been much to cheer about in Birkenhead this season as Cammell Laird 1907 FC sit bottom of the North West Counties Football League Premier Division, writes Richard Scott.
They also hadn’t recorded a league victory this season, but on Saturday that all changed as the Shipyarders saw off AFC Darwen 4-1 at Kiklands as goals from Charlie MacInnes, Jimmy Burston, Callum Morrison and Josh Maldon got the victory for the league’s basement club.
After the game manager, Mick McGraa was a very happy man to have sealed the first victory of the season.
He said: “I’m really happy with it and it was a long time coming, to be honest, we should have won earlier then what we have. But with a young side, it has taken a little bit longer.
“We dominated the whole game but it was the story of our season we just switch off at vital times and when we do we get punished.
“But the lads reacted well, very well and we went on to get the victory and it should have been more, to be honest, we should have won it by more goals comfortably.
“It was more relief than anything when the final whistle went, relief that we had won, I know some people were very happy that we had won.
“But it was a monkey off the back having gone that long without winning, but it’s done now and we have got a win.”
The Lairds have just seven games now until the end of the season, they are set to face Hanley Town tomorrow night at home before a break until the start of April when they play host to AFC Liverpool, however, the club could be relegated come Saturday without even kicking a ball.
Despite the increasing likelihood of slipping through the trap door McGraa wants the club to finish as high up as possible in the table.
He said: “I don’t want to finish bottom, I just don’t want to finish bottom.
“Our game against Hanley Town is probably not going to be on because of the weather and it looks like we will get relegated on Saturday.
“But we want to try and catch New Mills who sit 20th in the league table. It won’t be a successful season however it will be better than finishing bottom and will show that we have at least had a go.”
Part of the reason the club is in a precarious position is that the side a young squad and the club are aiming to build for the futures.
He said: “The club have really good times and had a lot of money to spend.
“But we don’t have that anymore so we have gone for local young lads and try to build for the future and get it back to where it belongs because it’s one of the big sides in Non-League football.”