Hallam double helps Sedge secure opening day success

Nostell MW 1

Liversedge 2

LIVERSEDGE were rewarded for a dominant display in their opening match of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division season.

The Clayborn supporters who travelled were as delighted with the way Liversedge won the match as with the final result. The visitors had 80 per cent of the possession and used it to create plenty of chances.

Even after they went 1-0 down early on Liversedge always posed a threat. Another plus point was the way the team, which had five new faces in the starting line-up and two on the bench, gelled well and created openings.

Ernest Boafo scored for Nostell after 10 minutes with an individual goal against the run of play. He jinked around two defenders and produced a solid finish to beat diving goalkeeper James Waggett.

It only served to spur Liversedge on and after Damien Hopkins was brought down outside the area, Darryl Leach’s free-kick skimmed the crossbar.

An Andy Shuttleworth free kick was tapped to James Hurtley in the wall and he turned and shot forcing the goalkeeper to make a good save, while five minutes before half-time Alex Hallam, another of the contingent to join from Brighouse, met a corner with a header which went just wide.

Liversedge continued to dominate after the break and Hurtley was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when he tested the goalkeeper. At the other end Waggett cleared a shot off the line in the 50th minute while soon after Brook Newton put Liversedge on the attack but his shot was just wide.

Liversedge manager Billy Miller changed things with 25 minutes to go, bringing on David Bordman, a midfield signing from Ossett Town who scored 15 goals last season.

Carl Horsman was also introduced for Leach who had taken a knock.

The pair made an impact as a deserved equaliser came on 70 minutes when Hallam’s free-kick took a deflection and beat the goalkeeper.

With just 11 minutes to go Newton’s free-kick found Bordman in the area and he showed composure to tee up a shot for Hallam who produced a match-winning finish.

Liversedge maintained the pressure and as the clock ticked down Andy Shuttleworth and Hopkins tested the goalkeeper. Newton also shot wide before Hallam’s free-kick was saved to deny him a hat-trick.

Nostell manager, Alan Colqhoun, a former Liversedge player, acknowledged afterwards his side were barely in the game because of great passing by the Liversedge side.

Liversedge: Waggett, Hewitt, White, Larkin, Leach, Shuttleworth, Hartley, Hopkins, Woods, Newton, Hallam. Subs: Knight, D Bordman, Horsman, Saville, Robinson.