LIVERSEDGE travel to Nottinghamshire tomorrow hoping to turn the tables on Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Retford in the second game of a double header.
In the first game last Saturday Retford claimed a comfortable looking 4-0 victory at Clayborn last Saturday.
However, Liversedge boss Billy Miller says his side did enough to suggest that they can threaten an upset.
“To be fair we played well against a top side but they are still there for the taking and if we get our gameplan going we can get something from the game,” said Miller.
Last Saturday the home side held the leaders to a 1-0 lead at half-time but the brake was put on Liversedge when Chris Hanney was sent off in the 66th minute for foul and abusive language.
“I can’t really defend him, he reacted when it would have been better to bite his tongue.”
His absence will be a blow and on Monday Liversedge received another setback when they learned that Brighouse Town had put seven days notice on promising young playmaker Alex Hallam.
To avoid the hassle of waiting seven days, the management team gave permission for the player to talk to Brighouse, who are Liversedge’s opponents on Boxing Day. They were waiting to hear of the player’s decision.
Miller explained: “Though the approach came out of the blue, Alex has been playing well so it is no surprise that there should be interest.
“We told him to listen to what they have to say and then he has to decide what is best for him, we can’t deny him a move but if he chooses to stay with Liversedge I will be delighted. He’s a good player and we want him in our side.”
If Hallam does leave it will break up a developing partnership with Dave Bordman and Nathan Cartman. All three impressed against Retford and would be hoped to take it further tomorrow.
Miller added that Darryl Leach has been a big influence in the last three matches.
“We have been creating chances, but we need to put a few more of them away.
“But yet again we conceded two goals late on in the game, which is something we will be working on.”
Despite slipping to 12th place Miller is confident in his side. “We are not a million miles away from having a team that can compete at this level.”
To improve the training and analysis after the matches the club are seeking someone to film their games.
“It would be a big help for the management and the players if we can watch aspects of play afterwards. It is all part of a professional approach to the game.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer to film games is asked to call in at the club and speak to Billy Miller. Equipment will be provided.
Liversedge’s Jamie Wasley shapes up for a shot during last
Saturday’s league match at Clayborn.
Report and pictures: Page 60. (d11121106)
Picture: Paul Butterfield