Liversedge have acted quickly to strengthen their squad ahead of four key matches against sides curently in the top 10 places in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, starting tomorrow at Parkgate, kick-off 3pm.
Three new players have signed on at Clayborn to boost the squad and the management team are tracking a couple of others with a view to signing them in future weeks.
James Riordan, a well-known name in local football circles for his regular goalscoring and with experience at a higher level with Garforth, signed on at Liversedge last Thursday and has already made an impression.
Liversedge manager Billy Miller remarked: “He looked good in training there is quality there, he will be a big plus for us, he looked full of running.”
At the same training session Miller received a useful tip from a former Liversedge manager.
“I got a call from Eric Gilchrist to say Jake Lawler was available, we got in touch him straight away and he has agreed to join us.”
Lawler a versatile player in midfield was with Liversedge until 18 months ago and is another player who has had experience in different leagues.
Another new face is Phil Mitchell who has previously played with Wakefield.
Miller said they are also still hoping Stacy Gott, who couldn’t get to last week’s session will also sign.
They also have other irons in the fire which could yield further signings in the next few weeks.
As last Saturday’s home match with Barton Old Boys, like many others in the NCE League, fell victim to a frozen pitch, the new signings, which also includes defender Simon Wood will be hoping to get their first chance to force their way into the reckoning for tomorrow.
Andy Shuttleworth and Chris Hanney also come into contention for tomorrow as they have served their suspensions.
Miller explained: “It’s always a bit of a gamble with new players but we’ll give them a few games to settle and get used to each other.
“It’s a nice tight pitch at Parkgate so it will be a good chance for us to keep our shape and if we get the gameplan right we might come away with something.”
There is no doubt that it will be a tough task for Liversedge against the Rotherham based side who are seventh in the Premier Division table.
The Liversedge defence in particular will be kept busy as they attempt to stifle the threat posed by Parkgate’s strikeforce, Nathan Swindells and Ashley Worsfold, who have scored 18 goals apeice in league and cup matches.
Miller picked out Parkgate as a team to keep an eye on earlier in the season.
He explained: “This is one of the tightest competitions I can remember, everyone down to Thackley in 10th have been challenging at or near the top at some point. Anything could happen and probably will.”
After the Parkgate match Liversedge entertain Tadcaster, who are third, they also face seventh-placed Barton in the re-arranged fixture on Tuesday February 5 before a trip to the seaside to meet Bridlington, who are fourth in the current table.
Miller is still confident though of his own side’s ability to put a consistent run of wins together.
He declared:“For us a top 10 finish is still on, I have said that all along and I stand by that.
“A top eight spot would be a bonus, the teams around us all have games in hand which they will have to play in midweek throughout the winter. That is when injuries can strike and things can change very quickly.”