Sedge victory sends out warning

LIVERSEDGE have sent out a warning to the rest of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division that they will give any team a run for their money.

In a tremendous match at Clayborn last Saturday Liversedge shocked third-placed Bridlington with a 5-3 win.

Victory saw them move out of the bottom three on Saturday, offering a real ray of hope for survival in the Premier Division.

Then on Tuesday night they held leaders Farsley for long periods before going down 3-0.

The opposition coaches after both matches only had good words and plaudits for Liversedge. Their words of encouragement will give the side a boost as they face yet another daunting double, at second-placed Parkgate, tomorrow, 3pm, before they then face a league derby with Brighouse Town next Tuesday, 7.45pm.

“After the Bridlington game their coach said we could have had more goals and praised the lads,” explained Liversedge boss Billy Miller.

“Farsley were too strong for us overall but we got a lot of praise from Neil Parsley and his assistant Mark Jackson.”

Miller warned: “We have a long, long way to go together, but we know now that we can compete with anyone in this division.”

The manager issued a target of six points from a formidable run of six games against most of the top teams throughout February. Liversedge are halfway there with three matches to play.

While Liversedge are battling the top teams the bottom two Hallam and Arnold play each other twice, their games in hand, and Miller’s men could find one of them breathing down their necks.

Miller was delighted with the performance against Bridlington: “It could have been more we had a good shout for a penalty and had several more good chances, so the scoreline did not flatter us.”

However, Ben Hardy, who had scored six goals in the previous five games was injured and will be out for several weeks. They also lost goal creator Brook Newton, his passes from the wing will be missed.

Miller admitted that the sooner Hardy gets back on the field the better.

“He was with us on the bench on Tuesday night at Farsley and he drove us mad getting up and down, clearly trying to kick every ball for his team-mates.”

Having held derby rivals Brighouse Town to a 2-2 draw at Clayborn at the end of January Liversedge will be aiming to collect all three points at the Dual Seal Stadium on Tuesday night.

Town were among the early Premier Division leaders but have dropped to 12th.

Miller explained: “I am really looking forward to Tuesday night, it is a derby for us and were will be giving it our all as usual, hopefully there will be a big crowd and some great football.”

Liversedge have taken to doing their de-brief on the pitch at the end of the game. Miller explained: “What we talk about stays on the pitch so that they can go into the dressing room afterwards clamly. It’s all part of the spirit of the team and it seems to be working.”