Liversedge have top eight target

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LIVERSEDGE manager Billy Miller believes his squad are capable of challenging for a top eight finish in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

The Clayborners left Pickering Town with a very creditable 2-2 draw on Tuesday night, which puts them eighth in the table after eight games.

It could have been even better as Joe Jagger had an injury-time shot tipped onto the crossbar and Miller was delighted with his side’s effort.

He said: “We would have taken a draw before as they are a very good side, especially up top. If we had taken the three points we could have gone fourth and had we won by two clear goals we could have been third.

“With the squad we have, it would be great if we could finish in the top 10, the top eight would be very nice and the top six would be above and beyond everyone’s expectations.”

Miller switched things around for Tuesday’s trip to North Yorkshire, reverting to Darryl Leach and Damien Hopkins as the centre half pairing.

Hopkins is originally from Wales but came to live in the area when he signed for Bradford City.

Although he was released from the Valley Parade club, he remained in the area, which is how he came to be playing for Liversedge but he will miss tomorrow’s game against Bridlington Town to visit family back home.

It has been a special few days for Leach as he became a father for the third time last Saturday but returned to the Sedge line-up on Tuesday and bagged his side’s equaliser in the draw at Pickering.

Sedge, unfortunately, bowed out of the FA Vase, losing 3-2 after extra time to AFC Emley last Saturday.

They will now set their sights on going on a winning league run but know Bridlington will be a tough encounter.

Miller added: “Bridlington have been a tough nut to crack, especially since having the extra revenue from ground sharing with Scarborough.

“If we can get the same number of points from our next eight games, we would be pretty much safe after 16 matches and then we can really enjoy our football.

“This team was only put together two months ago but I am confident our squad is as good as anyone’s in the top 10, especially with players like Nathan Cartman, Dave Bordman, who has been our most consistent player, and Hopkins. We now also have Alex Hallam back and he was on fire at the start of the season.”

While Hopkins will miss tomorrow’s clash with Bridlington, Brook Newton is the only other doubt after he picked up a knock at Pickering on Tuesday, which forced him to be taken off.