Sedge grind out draw

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Thackley 1

Liversedge 1

LIVERSEDGE ground out a draw from their short trip to Thackley, in what could prove to be a vital point in their quest to avoid relegation from the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

It was a game of very few chances, although Ben Hardy was denied by a good save from Thackley goalkeeper Matt Convey after 25 minutes.

Shortly after Matthew Morgan’s free-kick evaded everyone as it bounced into the penalty area and struck James Firth on the chest before the forward bundled it over the line.

It remained 1-0 at half-time and Tom Higman then had an early effort for Thackley as he lobbed the ball over Lee Ashforth but it also went over the crossbar.

Liversedge began to threaten and James Sutcliffe sent a lovely ball down the wing to Joe Hewitt, who sent over a tremendous cross but Hardy and Andy Philp were just unable to get on the end of it.

The visitors did draw level in the 64th minute when Philp sent Hardy through and although the Sedge forward got his shot away, he was tripped in the process and the referee’s assistant awarded a penalty,

Philp stepped up and confidently despatched the spot kick into the bottom corner.

Hardy sent Philp in on goal moments later but the shot was blocked, while Thackley substitute Dean Walters fired over.

Both sides had late chances to win the game. The best fell to Liversedge as an 84th minute corner saw James Hurtley rise well but his header hit the corner of post and crossbar.

Two minutes later, a Morgan shot was tipped over by Ashforth at the other end and in the final minute Jamie Wasley fed Philp but he mis-hit the shot.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Sutcliffe, White, Larkin, Leach, Shuttleworth, Hewitt (Wasley 67), Hurtley, Philp, Hardy, Saville (Bordman 67). Sub (not used): Knight (gk).