The Tigers were unfortunate to lose out 3-2 at Garforth Town. Former player Mark Simpson gave the hosts the lead 14 minutes in before a neatly worked corner saw Conor Higginson grab an equaliser.
What looked like a Simpson second or an Alex Boyd own goal put Garforth back in front just before the half hour mark.
The second half began well but the home side then went 3-1 ahead after a mix-up in the box and Callum Ward bundled home. Tigers controlled possession and played some encouraging stuff throughout maintaining a sharp passing game.
Subsitute Will Sutton hung one up to the back post late on for Mitch Husbands to head back across and the ball found the net through the Garforth centre half.
Milligan and Buckley were encouraged by much of what they saw on the day and reflected afterwards by saying, ‘There’s no point in moaning about the referee but we may be missing James Milner for a few weeks. We’ve tried to play football today and played the better stuff, we’ve a lot of young lads in the side who didn’t look out of place and Garforth didn’t really cause us many issues but it’s all about what happens in both boxes. We’re certainly not unhappy with the performances, we’ve done everything right and the players gave everything which I think the fans appreciated at the end’.
Although pleased with the performance the pair bemoaned some individual mistakes which led to Garforths goals, they said ‘Where you can’t make mistakes is in the opposition box where it’s going to cost you. There’s no point in getting on at any of the lads because that’s not how it works, you’ve got to work every week to limit the amount of mistakes. We always felt the game had goals in it and we was delighted with our first goal, it was very clever and sharp’.
Winger James Milner went off during the first half after being kicked in the head via a wayward boot, the pair said afterwards that he was a big loss, ‘I think it affected the game, he’s an outlet and he terrorises defenders. He was very brave to put his head down there and got caught, he’s gone to A&E to get checked out and if he fails a certain test he’ll be out for at least 14 days’.