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‘COME and support your home club’ is the plea from Liversedge manager Billy Miller to the local community as his side play their first home league and cup matches this week.

Tomorrow, Liversedge host Armthorpe in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division (3pm) while on Tuesday they take on newly promoted Staveley in the NCE League Cup second round (7.45pm).

Miller explained: “I know things are hard in the current climate but a club like ours needs the community behind it. We have a talented side who play good football and I think anbody who comes down to support us will leave happy.

“We have a hardcore of fans who come down religiously. They scream and shout and if they don’t like what they see they can tell me about it after the game. You can’t do that almost everywhere else in football.”

There won’t be too many complaints if Liversedge can build on the winning start they made at Nostell Miners Welfare last Saturday.

Liversedge came from 1-0 down to triumph 2-1 with a double second- half strike from Alex Hallam.

“It wasn’t just the result it was the way we played and we got what our play deserved,” said Miller.

He added that the team showed real quality, particularly in their passing.

“Even after we went behind I thought we were always a threat and we kept them very quiet. I thought Alex Hallam did well for both his goals, especially as he came to us as a left full-back. It was Lee Ashworth who said we have got to get him forward.”

The manager praised a strong midfield quartet of Chris Woods, Andy Shuttleworth, whom he described as playing like an 18-year-old, Brook Newton and Damian Hopkins.

They were boosted by the introduction of Dave Bordman and Carl Horseman in the final 25 minutes. Bordman replaced Daryl Leach who came off with a twinge and but should be fit for tomorrow’s match.

Bordman, a signing from Ossett Town, had an impact with his incisive movement, he also set up one of Hallam’s goals with a quality turn and pass.

Miller said the match against Armthorpe will pose different problems.

“On our bigger pitch they will try to get from back to front quickly and try to get behind our defence.”

Chris Woods is not available tomorrow which would allow Nathan Cartman into contention.

Miller pledged that Liversedge will be trying to get as far as they can in the cup competitions. He will use Tuesday night’s game against newcomers Staveley to introduce players such as midfielder Chris Hanney, who has not been available so far, and goalkeeper Danny Knight.

“It’s a good position to be in to have such a strong squad to select from, long may it continue,” declared Miller.