Liversedge’s new mission

LIVERSEDGE boss Billy Miller has issued his side with a couple of new targets – 30 points or more for safety in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, plus a good run in the League Cup.

They start their points quest tomorrow, at Hall Road Rangers, kick-off 3pm, the team just a point and a place above them in the table. Next Tuesday the mini-league at the bottom of the table continues and they are on the road again to face Dinnington, who are just a place below Liversedge (7.45pm).

The manager will be hoping for the sort of response he got when he set his side a challenge of gaining six points from their six matches in February, all against top sides.

Liversedge more than exceeded his expectations by gaining nine points. The most recent a 1-0 victory against Maltby Main last Saturday.

“On Saturday we were just stubborn, we dug in and hit them with a goal on the counter-attack.”

It was a different story at home to Nostell on Tuesday night

“We probably played some of our best football but we blew it and let ourselves down with some ill discipline we could have had another point or even three but we let it go.”

If they had been able to get even a point against Nostell it would have put them on the same points as tomorrow’s opponents Hall Road and would have been a massive boost for Liversedge.

“I have told them that we need to get through the 30-point barrier we’ll be well on the way to safety.

“If we can get to 30 points in the next few games we can give the League Cup a good go. We have been drawn against Bridlington and if we can get through that there is the prospect of playing Farsley again which would bring a big crowd and be a financial boost to the club.”

Miller’s squad is set to be boosted in the next few weeks as several players are set to return from injury. Brook Newton had 10 minutes on Tuesday and came through unscathed.

Jerome White is back in training while prolific goalscorer Ben Hardy has another 10 days on the sidelines.

Adam Hill impressed in his 20 minutes as a substitute against Nostell and is a talented teenager coming through the ranks at Clayborn and finding his feet in first team football.

Liversdge are already planning a busy pre-season and are arranging matches home and away with sides from the Northern League. they also have plans to pit themselves against a Conference North teams and a couple of UniBond clubs. The icing on the cake would be a visit from a local league club, Huddersfield, Bradford or Leeds.