LIVERSEDGE moved off the foot of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division on Tuesday night with an impressive win in Sheffield.
Billy Miller’s side dominated much of the game and the forward line of Ben Hardy, Jamie Wasley and Andy Philp caused Hallam all kinds of problems. Indeed, Liversedge could easily have won by more goals as the front trio gave the defence a torrid time.
Hardy opened the scoring after 38 minutes when his curling corner beat the goalkeeper at the near post.
Three minutes into the second half, Wasley raced in on goal and although the goalkeeper twice parried his efforts, he made no mistake at the third attempt as he bundled the ball home to make it 2-0.
Hallam pulled a goal back after an hour as Liversedge failed to clear their lines properly and Simon Asquith rifled home from the edge of the area.
Liversedge extended their lead after Philp played a lovely through ball to Hardy, who drew the goalkeeper and side footed the ball for Wasley to score his second. Then two minutes from time Hardy curled a beautiful free-kick into the top corner to make it 4-1.
Hallam managed to pull a goal back in injury-time when Liversedge goalkeeper Marc Bower bizarrely headed a corner into his net but it took none of the gloss off an otherwise excellent Liversedge display.
Liversedge: Bower, Saville, White, Larkin, Leach, Hannay, Hurtley, Wasley, Philp, Hardy, Newton (Sides 70). Subs (not used): Hewitt, Bordman, Shuttleworth, Ashforth.
Pickering Town 3
LIVERSEDGE were unlucky to come away from Pickering pointless last Saturday in a lively Northern Counties East League Premier contest.
In an entertaining end-to-end game, both sides created a host of chances but, once again, Liversedge had nothing to show for their efforts.
Pickering made a bright start and goalkeeper Marc Bower was forced to tip an early effort onto the crossbar before a second Town chance again rebounded off the woodwork and Darryl Leach headed to safety.
Liversedge took a 10th minute lead when Andy Philp played a lovely ball to Brook Newton, who fired home.
A minute later Philp saw his shot rebound off a post before Jamie Wasley did well to cross for Newton but he headed just over.
The game then swung Pickering’s way in a bizarre two-minute spell. Billy Logan’s shot took a wicked deflection past Bower to get Town back on terms before Nathan Cook launched an ambitious punt from inside his half which flew, wind assisted, over Bower and landed in the back of the net.
Wasley should have made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time but having got into a great position, he dragged the shot wide when it looked easier to score.
The second half continued the same way. Bower made an excellent early save low down while at the other end Newton saw a goalbound shot blocked by a defender.
Philp fired narrowly over before Liversedge deservedly levelled when Leach ventured forward and got on the end of Rob Bordman’s corner to direct his header home.
With half an hour remaining, both sides had chances to win but it was Pickering who struck a vital third goal late on. Liversedge failed to clear their lines and Tom Adams drilled the ball home from the edge of the area to see the hosts take the points.
Liversedge: Bower, Hewitt (White 84), Saville, Leach, Larkin, Hannay, Fletcher, Newton, Wasley, Bordman (Hurtley 74), Philp. Subs (not used): Burton, Knight.