Sedge slip to agonising loss

Liversedge 1

Hallam 2

LIVERSEDGE slipped to an agonising defeat as Hallam scored with the last kick of last Saturday’s Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash.

Hallam needed two wins, at Clayborn and against Arbold on Tuesday night, to save them from the drop but the visitors were heading for relegation as the sides were level 1-1 after 90 minutes.

However, deep into injury time, Aaron Murphy shurgged off a defender and unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard shot which flew into the top corner as Sedge signed off their season with defeat.

Despite the result, Liversedge finish the season fourth-bottom, ensuring their top-flight status for next year and manager Billy Miller, along with assistant, Cory Larkin deserve huge credit for guiding the Clayborners to safety.

Having earned a terrific 4-4 draw away to promotion chasing Parkgate in midweek, Liversedge turned in a lacklustre display against Hallam and they took a 24th minute lead when Murphy side footed home a cross.

Liversedge equalised after 39 minutes when Lamin Colley was brought down in the area and Andy Philp scored the penalty.

Colley had Liversedge’s best chance of the second half when he cut inside but curled a shot just past the right post.

With time running out, Murphy lashed home the winner but it was to end in ultimate disappointment as Hallam suffered a 2-1 defeat at Arnold on Tuesday, condemning them to a second-bottom finish.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Hewitt, Saville, Larkin, Leach, Sutcliffe, Hurtley, Philp, Colley, Hardy, Wasley (Hill 62). Subs: Bartram, Helliwell.

n Liversedge Under-19s go into next Wednesday’s final game of the Northern Youth Alliance season, still with hopes of winning the Division One West title.

Liversedge led the way but several sides below them had games in hand going into a series of midweek matches, when the Clayborners were not in action.

Sedge entertain Silsden next Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

n The club invite supporters to their presentation evening, which will be held in the clubhouse next Friday (May 6) from 7.30pm.