Liversedge look for away win at bottom side Nostell

Ben Grech-Brooksbank was in excellent form for Liversedge before transferring to Ossett Albion.
Ben Grech-Brooksbank was in excellent form for Liversedge before transferring to Ossett Albion.

Liversedge will look to make a winning start to 2014 when they travel to bottom side Nostell in the NCE Premier Division tomorrow (ko 3pm).

Sedge were unable to build on their impressive 3-0 win at Maltby before Christmas when they slipped to a 4-0 defeat at home to Athersley Recreation last Saturday.

The Clayborners have been hampered as two of their brightest players this season have been snapped up by Ossett Albion.

Striker Ben Grech-Brooksbank had scored seven goals in eight league games before he switched to Albion and was joined by centre half Wes Milnes.

Sedge will look to bring in additional personnel themselves before tomorrow’s trip to a Nostell side who have yet to register a single point from 12 home games.

Sedge had their moments against Athersley, with their best chance falling to Dominic Riordan just before half-time but goalkeeping errors proved their downfall.

Joe Thornton gave Athersley a 20th minute lead when he bundled home a corner before Dom Riordan looked to have drawn Sedge level on the stroke of half-time only to scuff his shot agonisingly wide.

Liversedge looked to get back on level terms at the start of the second half but Thornton’s speculative shot from the edge of the area crept under the body of goalkeeper Danny King and into the bottom corner of the net.

Lee Bennett lobbed the stranded goalkeeper for Athersley’s third and Bennett’s second completed a miserable afternoon for Liversedge, who go into 2014 lying 17th in the Premier table but with a 22 point advantage over tomorrow’s opponents Nostell.

Liversedge team v Athersley: King, Haigh, White, Newton, J Riordan, Goodwin, Morton (White 80), Thompson, Hey (Bojang 70), D Riordan, Rogerson (Charlton 80).