Liversedge bid to take winning form into FA Cup tie

LIVERSEDGE will be aiming to complete a league and cup treble tomorrow when they entertain Pickering Town in the FA Cup preliminary round, kick-off 3pm, with the incentive of a home tie for the winner.

There are smiles all round at the club after a Bank Holiday bonanza which saw them pick up maximum points on their first trip to Barton Old Boys and then claim local bragging rights by winning Monday’s derby clash with Thackley at Clayborn.

As a result they have moved up to fifth in the NCE Premier table, two points behind leaders Staveley.

“It was a brilliant weekend and a great Bank Holiday Monday,” declared Liversedge manager Billy Miller.

He was delighted with the manner of the victories.

“On Monday Thackley were not allowed any chances, we had the best opportunities and scored from both.

“Full credit to Joe Jagger, our new signing from Littletown who came off the subs bench and scored two minutes into his debut.”

Alex Hallam sealed the win with his fifth goal of the season in the 80th minute.

It follows a pattern that Liversedge have set in recent weeks, with seven of the nine goals have been scored in the final third of the game.

“We have shown confidence in ourselves we don’t panic if we haven’t scored because we know we are creating the chances.”

Miller added: “Alex (Hallam) is on fire at the moment when he got the ball at his feet it was a no brainer that the shot would end up in the back of the net.”

Miller had been forced into making changes on Monday as Cory Larkin had laryngitis and Chris Hannay was working.

Damien Hopkins, who started as a central defender, stepped in and played well but Miller is keen to get him back into midfield where he has become a valuable playmaker.

“He gives us a real spark getting forward from midfield.”

The manager also praised Darryl Leach and Brook Newton for their displays this week and both will have key roles to play against Pickering.

“They haven’t had the best start to the season but they will be coming to us determined to make progress in the FA Cup. We will be doing the same, there is another home tie at stake against Goole or Staveley in a couple of weeks.”

The club are hoping some of the crowd who enjoyed Monday’s game will return to Clayborn tomorrow.