Sedge out of danger zone

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Liversedge 2

Brighouse Town 2

LIVERSEDGE moved out of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division relegation zone for the first time this season when they earned a share of the derby spoils after an entertaining draw with Brighouse at Clayborn on Tuesday.

Brighouse included six former Liversedge players in their squad but although Town are in the top-half of the table it was the home side who started the better.

Joe Hewitt played a ball through to Andy Philp but he shot wide from a great chance, while Brook Newton then made a good run and forced Brighouse goalkeeper Paul Brown into a save to keep the scores level.

In-form Ben Hardy cut inside and rattled a post with a shot before Liversedge took a deserved lead after 25 minutes when Hardy’s strike took a slight deflection and flew over Brown into the net.

Liversedge could have doubled their lead when Darryl Leach fed Newton but his effort was cleared off the line and it was Brighouse who came more into the game late in the first half.

Returning goalkeeper Lee Ashforth made a great save to deny Nathan Cartman before Town came again and had several shots as the ball bobbled around the penalty area.

Eventually, Brighouse managed to get a shot in on goal but Ashforth produced a superb save to tip the effort round a post and preserve his side’s lead until the break.

Brighouse came out fired up for the second half and passed the ball about well, causing Liversedge problems.

Lee Burgess drove home an equaliser after Liversedge failed to clear their lines and Cartman then rifled home a shot after 60 minutes to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Hardy struck a free-kick against the crossbar before the home side drew level with a gem of a goal.

Jamie Wasley raced down the right and crossed for Philp, who turned brilliantly inside the area and drilled home to make it 2-2.

Both sides had chances late on, the best of which fell to Liversedge as the game moved towards injury time.

Leach fed Newton on the left and he sent over a cross. In a similar position to his goal, Philp turned and shot but this time the effort flew narrowly wide as honours ended even.

The point earned was enough to move Liversedge out of the bottom two, above Dinnington on goal difference, and three ahead of Hallam, while they still have a game in hand on both sides below them.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Hewitt, White, Larkin, Leach, Fletcher, Wasley (Bordman 85), Hannay, Hardy, Philp, Newton. Subs (not used): Saville, Hurtley, Shittleworth, Bower (gk).