The Tigers fell to defeat on a beautiful Parkgate pitch this afternoon after a poor second half collapse.
Charlie Baird turned and scored well to put us into a lead seconds before the half-time whistle but two sloppy goals and a well taken third for the hosts put paid to a miserable season.
Milligan said afterwards ‘It had that feel to the day, the sun was shining and it had that end of season feel to it. I said at half-time that the lads had three more levels to go up to and you hear a few complaints but it was the same for both teams. You work on set pieces in training and we’ve got to deal with that, it was a poor delivery and we didn’t clear our lines, although we won on Monday some of the lads are still in that trend of the losing run and you could just see as soon as we conceded they were zapped, that’s where you need your older lads’.
When asked what the next task was now going into the summer period Duncan answered honestly by saying ‘Pick up the phone. A lot of these lads have had the opportunity, it’s something I’d have loved at their age and I’d have rode a bike to get there and we need lads like that. I’m pleased that my targets are picking up player of the year awards etc at their respective clubs. The players here that have had the shirts and their opportunity I’m sure they’ll want to come back but we will have to take stock as it’s not been good enough. Some of these young players will stay around but they’ve got to be integrated properly other than having to rely on them like we have this season. I’m looking forward to implementing what we want to from the start, something we’ve not been able to through circumstances’.
Milligan conducted his post match teamtalk out on the pitch in the sun in front of the vocal supporters, when asked why he chose to do that he said ‘It was done for a couple of reasons, I felt the supporters deserved to see that and see that we don’t just go in and forget about things, they were still cheering so I thought why not because the changing rooms on a day like this are like an oven. A few home truths were said on both parts, the players had their say too, they know their performances haven’t been good enough but the run we’ve been on hasn’t helped their confidence of course’.