Sedge prepare to host bumper Seadogs crowd

w9099b934 Ossett Albion manager Eric Gilchrist.
w9099b934 Ossett Albion manager Eric Gilchrist.

Liversedge are gearing up for one of their biggest crowd’s of the season tomorrow when they welcome Scarborough Athletic to Clayborn (3pm).

The Seadogs are riding high at the top of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, three points above Sedge’s neighbours Brighouse Town and Athletic’s ground landlords Bridlington.

Scarborough are by far the best supported team at this level, regularly attracting home crowds of 400, while they take good numbers on their travels.

Indeed Scarborough’s Boxing Day game with East Coast rivals Bridlington attracted a bumper crowd of 950 to Queensgate, while 437 watched Sedge battle out a 3-3 draw there in August.

That was arguably Liversedge’s best display of the season, as two Gibril Bojang goals in the final four minutes secured them a terrific draw.

Scarborough are on an eight-match winning run in the league and have scored 24 goals in their last five matches, while in contrast Eric Gilchrist’s Liversedge have lost their last four, scoring just twice in 360 minutes.

Sedge’s last success came on December 1 when they won 3-1 at Retford United thanks to a Chris McMahon brace and one from Adam Jarrett, although they have had a number of games postponed.

Tuesday evenings scheduled clash against Staveley MW was the latest to fall victim to the weather as the Clayborn pitch was waterlogged after heavy snow and ice thawed.

Sedge will hope tomorrow’s match goes ahead and attracts a healthy following from Scarborough.

The biggest attendance at Clayborn this season was 278 for the visit of FC Halifax Town in the West Riding County Cup but tomorrow could top that if Seadogs fans travel in numbers.