Sedge on up under Miller

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LIVERSEDGE manager Billy Miller is hoping to celebrate a year at the helm with a win tomorrow when Selby are the visitors to Clayborn, kick-off 3pm.

Miller took over when Liversedge were bottom of the table with seven points. Liversedge start tomorrow’s game in 11th place in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division table with 17 points. During the year the side has won 15 matches, drawn 11 and lost 22.

Miller explained: “We were rock bottom and looking doomed but I have loved every minute of it. We managed to stay up and we have shown an improvement since then.

Miller said that this season having Lee Ashforth on the bench alongside him has been a boost as it has given him a sounding board.

“He does some of the stuff that I did by myself last year, he’s tuned into what I’m thinking about the kind of football we play such as formations and changes we can make.”

“I have always said that we can finish in the top 10, if we finish in the top eight that would be great if we finish in the top six we will have overachieved for the resources we have available.

“We have got a squad of 18 or 19 players who work hard for the club and give up a lot for the club, what we need now is a couple of wins to put a run together and we can get back into the top 10 again.”.

Miller has made changes to the squad bringing back some familiar experienced players and introducing young talent.

The latest signing is Scott Driscoll a defender from Brighouse Town.

Liversedge will also be aiming to get a win under their belts tomorrow to wipe out the memory of a terrible Tuesday night trip to Armthorpe. The Clayborners were looking solid at 2-1 up but in the 61st minute Andy Shuttleworth was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, two of seven issued to Liversedge players, ironically the team had started the match near the top of the fair play league.

“The sending off was a sucker punch, it wasn’t an ill tempered game, but it was too long for us to hang on and we let in four goals in the last 15 minutes.”

It means the team will lose Shuttleworth while he is suspended and the club could also face a financial penalty.

Despite Selby being third bottom in the table they will be no walkover tomorrow as they beat Armthorpe 3-1 last Saturday.

Miller declared: “It’s a massive game for us we need the points, Selby pulled off a win against Armthorpe, they have a new manager and they will have a new attitude. We need to be prepared and we will get it right.

“The only injury is Brook Newton who may not play again this season which will be a great loss as he is such a good player for us.”

Tuesday night’s league match at home to Nostell, November 15, could be in doubt as the visitors’ County Cup tie was postponed last week, see wwwspenborough guardian.co.uk for latest details.