Liversedge make Hay as defender signs up

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LIVERSEDGE have been given a boost with the short-term signing of Farsley defender Nathan Hay.

The experienced right-back who previously played for Bradford Park Avenue has been out of the Evo Stick Division One side through injury and is hoping a stint at Liversedge will help his recovery and a quick return to Farsley who could be involved in their league play-offs.

Manager Billy Miller explained: “Nathan being here is a big positive for us, he is experienced at a high level and his arrival gives us options.”

Liversedge’s erratic pattern of fixtures continues this week as they sit out another Saturday contest before entertaining Barton Old Boys on Tuesday. Then travel to high fliers Winterton Rangers next Saturday.

The Clayborners paid a high price for last Tuesday night’s 148 mile trek to Nottinghamshire to meet Long Eaton. They went down 2-0 to a team below them in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division table.

Liversedge were without several players who had work commitments on Tuesday.

Manager Billy Miller said: “I don’t like to whinge but common sense should prevail about arranging midweek away fixtures.

“It cannot be a coincidence that all the away teams, not only in our league but in Football League Division Two, lost on Tuesday night.”

He added that Brighouse are in a similar position next Tuesday as they have to travel to Long Eaton.

The boot is on the other foot for Liversedge next Tuesday when they entertain Hull side Barton Old Boys next Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

It is one of a number of games in the final run-in that Liversedge have targeted as ones they can get points from as they try to finish as high as they can this season in preparation for a challenge next season.

Liversedge are currently 13th in the table, two points behind nearest rivals Arnold Town.

The teams meet in what promises to be an intriguing showdown at Clayborn on Good Friday, 4.45pm kick-off.

Liversedge assistant coach Lee Ashforth has had a busy couple of weeks.

The veteran goalkeeper came out of retirement to play for the Clayborners against Lincoln Moorlands and last week he took a temporary registration to play for Ossett Town who were without a goalkeeper as a favour to former Liversedge manager Eric Gilchrist.