Liversedge aiming to topple leaders

Liversedges Steve Wales attempts to take on the Clipstone goalkeeper  during Saturdays NCE League Premier Division clash at Clayborn. Pic: Paul Butterfield
Liversedges Steve Wales attempts to take on the Clipstone goalkeeper during Saturdays NCE League Premier Division clash at Clayborn. Pic: Paul Butterfield

Liversedge will aim to become the first team this season to topple Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Cleethorpes Town when they travel to Grimsby on Saturday.

Cleethorpes have won 11 and drawn three of their 14 league games so far and are a point clear of Thackley and two ahead of third placed Liversedge going into the showdown at Bradley Road.

Cleethorpes are still involved in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy and have an FA Vase second round tie against AFC Emley to look forward to in what will prove a hectic month of November for the front runners.

Sedge ended a three-match losing run when they defeated Clipstone 1-0 thanks to a Steven Wales goal last Saturday but the Clayborners were unable to complete a quickfire double over the Cobras as they bowed out of the NCE League Cup 4-2 after extra time on Tuesday.

Despite a recent dip in form, a measure of improvement shown by Jonathan Rimmington’s men can be gauged by Liversedge reaching the 34 point mark with last Saturday’s win.

It took Liversedge 38 games of last season to reach the same number, with the tally not reached until April 23.

Despite the mini blip in form, Liversedge remain just two points behind Cleethorpes and victory could see them move back to the top of the Premier Division.

October has proved a gruelling month for one of the smallest squads in the division and Saturday will be Liversedge’s ninth game in the space of 29 days.

With a further six league encounters scheduled for November, remarkably, Sedge could have reached the halfway point in the season before December.

With no cup commitments to worry about, Sedge can concentrate on producing a genuine assault on pursuing the front runners in the title race.

Liversedge have no midweek game so are able to fully rest up following Saturday’s visit to the leaders.

They host Pickering on November 5 and face a return trip to Clipstone as the sides meet for a third time in a short period on November 12.

Vaughan Redford netted his 17th goal in all competitions during Tuesday’s cup defeat and remains Liversedge’s leading scorer but Joe Walton remains in hot pursuit with 13 goals to his name, while Harrison Blakey has nine and Rhys Davies eight.