Liversedge in derby test

LIVERSEDGE will be aiming to gain the local bragging rights when they travel to near neighbours Brighouse Town in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday) kick-off 3pm.

The Clayborners will also be hoping to shrug off a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Staveley MW last Saturday.

Brighouse have had some erratic form of late with two losses, two wins and a draw in their last five matches.

It should be a fascinating contest as there has been much movement of players and backroom staff between the sides in recent years.

Both teams are settled in midtable, with Liversedge in 11th place on 14 points while Brighouse are eighth with 19 so points are at a premium.

Liversedge manager Billy Miller is pleased that football in the area is in a healthy position with Liversedge, Brighouse and Thackley (fourth) all doing well.

“It’s good for the clubs in the area as it creates interest for the supporters and players are more willing to come and play for clubs in the area.”

Last season when Liversedge were floundering near the bottom of the table a confidence boosting win at high fliers Brighouse helped to turn things around for them.

They will be hoping a similar result this time around can keep them in touch with the teams above them where only nine points divide the top 11 teams.

Miller will be handing over the reigns to his assistants, Cory Larkin on the field and Lee Ashcroft on the bench, for the Brighouse game and the following league fixture at home to Winterton. Miller is helping to run coaching courses in Africa.

The assistant managers will be without the services of midfielder Danny Cooper who limped off against Staveley on Saturday and could be out for three weeks.

Brook Newton is also sidelined and is receiving treatment for a recurring leg injury.

The duo will be able to call on talented midfielder Chris Hanney for the Brighouse derby.

Last Saturday Staveley confirmed Miller’s assertion that they will be one of this season’s promotion contenders.

“They were too good for us, we could not handle them unfortunately,” he said.

Afterwards though the Staveley management admitted they felt it was their most fluent display this season.

Miller managed to find some positives from his side’s performance: “It is good to see Bordman and Cartman getting an understanding going along with Hallam.

“Andy Shuttleworth is looking stronger in the last couple of games and is getter better with each game he plays.”

He also had words of support for goalkeeper James Waggett who could do little about the goals Staveley scored and he also managed to save a first half penalty.