Sedge prepare to face leaders

Matthew Bugg
Matthew Bugg

LIVERSEDGE will face a trip into the unknown tomorrow when they travel to Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Worksop Parrimore (kick off 3pm).

It will be the first time Sedge have played Parrimore in the league but Eric Gilchrist’s men know they are in for a tough game against a side who have taken the Premier Division by storm since winning promotion last season.

Parrimore won the Central Midlands League Supreme Division title in 2011 and then clinched promotion to the NCE Premier at the first time of asking, finishing with 77 points from 20 games.

However, Worksop suffered a 2-1 defeat to Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday, and are now just a point clear of Scarborough Athletic having played a game more.

Liversedge go into the game buoyed by a very encouraging display against Shildon in the FA Vase last Saturday.

Although Sedge bowed out of the competition, it wasn’t before giving their north east rivals a scare as they fought back from three goals down.

James Rothell and Matthew Bugg netted in the final quarter to set up a pulsating finish but although Liversedge piled on the pressure, they were unable to force an equaliser.

Liversedge have lost three of their five home games in the league but they remain unbeaten on the road and will travel to Worksop confident of producing an upset.

Several players were unavailable for the long trip to Shildon last week and although the younger players acquitted themselves well having been thrown in at short notice, Gilchrist will hope he has a stronger side on duty tomorrow as Sedge look to climb the table from eighth place.

Liversedge are also on the road on Tuesday evening when they visit Arnold Town (7.45pm) in the Premier Division.

The away games keep coming thick and fast for the Clayborners and although they entertain Long Eaton in the league on September 29, they have been paired away to Garforth Town in the first round of the West Riding County Cup, on Tuesday October 2.

Liversedge Reserves made the long trip to Hyde United in the Lancashire Reserve League next Thursday, following last night’s trip across the Pennines to face Stalybridge Celtic.

Liversedge bowed out of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday, going down 3-1 to Thackley.

Sedge had beaten the same opposition 2-0 in the Northern Youth Alliance the previous week thanks to goals from Matty Thompson and Curtis Gilbert but they fielded a much younger side on Tuesday as they FA Youth Cup is for Under-18s.

Nial Kelly gave them a first-half lead but Thackley levelled before half-time and two second-half goals saw them progress.