‘Stubborn streak’ boosts Liversedge

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LiVERSEDGE manager Billy Miller has praised his side’s ‘stubborn streak’ and demanded more of the same as they aim to take their unbeaten run to six matches at home to high-fliers Tadcaster, tomorrow, 3pm.

Miller saw his side secure three vital points at Selby last Saturday. On Tuesday night his side earned a point from a remarkable 4-4 draw at third-placed Parkgate. The vital points helped Liversedge, fourth bottom of the table to edge their way towards safety in the Northern Coutnies East League Premier Division.

Miller explained: “We are unbeaten in five games now which is some feat for us. On Saturday we were not that great at Selby but we created chances and Andy Shuttleworth and Jack Garside took their goals well.

He added: “Tuesday night’s game was one of the best games I have been invovled in, it was a real roller coaster ride.

“It looked like it was going to be really difficult for the lads when they (Parkgate) scored two goals in 15 minutes.

“But that stubborn streak kicked in again and they got back into the game and by half-time we had scored three goals and we were in control.”

James Hurtley scored two well-crafted goals and Lamin Colley, scored the other.

Miller said of his new signing from Farsley: “I was overjoyed at Lamin’s goal he is a really talented player and is in a 22 man squad for the English Colleges FA who play at Blackburn later this month.”

Parkgate drew level in the second half and then took the lead but Liversedge never gave up.

Adam Hill, another of Liversdge’s young stars played up front with Colley but it was experienced old head Andy Shuttleworth who scored the equaliser in the final minute for a deserved point.

It will be tough tomorrow as the side will have to face up to eight changes. Chris Hannay is being joined on his stag do by Lee Ashforth, Cory Larkin, Andy Shuttleworth and Darryl Leach. All arranged before they returned to Liversedge. Andy Philp is suspended, while Jerome White is attending his graduation. The manager is at Old Trafford completing his coaching badge and the team will be taken by club chairman Steve Newton.

Miller commented: “If Steve can get us three points he will have gone a long way to securing our safety as I have said all along we need to get past 30 points.”

Arnold Town are Liversedge’s main threat in the league as they are six points behind but crucially with four games in hand.