Ground Hop day at Sedge

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LIVERSEDGE will be hoping to turn on the style for a big crowd when they kick off their Easter weekend double fixtures, this afternoon at home to Arnold (ko 4.45pm), they also entertain Nostell Miners Welfare on Monday (1pm).

The Clayborners are taking part in the Northern Counties East League’s innovative Groundhopper scheme which allows football fans the chance to experience a weekend of fixtures throughout the league.

At least a coachload of fans are expected to arrive at Clayborn this afternoon and along with the regular Liversedge supporters it should create a rousing atmosphere for the game.

In preparation for the influx of new supporters the club stocked up on Liversedge merchandise including re-cycling retro-club shirts from recent years. After the match at Clayborn finishes the hoppers will be moving on to Brighouse Town as they entertain Barton Old Boys.

Liversedge hope to use the match with Arnold to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Pickering last Saturday.

Arnold are on a good run of form having won 3-0 at Tadcaster in midweek to leave them 10th, while Liversedge have stuttered a bit in March, securing a win and a draw in the middle of three defeats which has seen them drop to 14th.

It is that sort of inconsistency which suggests that Liversedge have the ability to pull big results out of the bag, while they have also lost to teams they would have been expected to beat.

Nostell have closed in on Liversedge and are now in 15th place and so will provide an interesting encounter in the early kick-off on Easter Monday.

After the holiday fixtures Liversedge have only two matches remaining at Hall Road Rangers and at home to Scarborough.

n Liversedge’s Under-19s moved second in the Northern Youth Alliance League West Division on Tuesday thanks to a 2-1 win over Yorkshire Amateurs.

Sedge trailed 1-0 at half-time but Matty Thompson equalised before Adam Hill was brought down in the area and Jack Rogerson converted the penalty.

Liversedge have won five of their last six games, with their only defeat in that spell coming against leaders Thackley.