Liversedge chase Main opportunity
LIVERSEDGE manager Stuart Waddington has declared that his team are far better than their position at the foot of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division suggests.
He has pledged that they will start showing it tomorrow when they travel to Maltby Main seeking their first league win of the season.
Waddington explained: “It will be a test of the character and the personality of the players at this club that they can work hard and get us out of this position.
“We have shown in earlier games that we are trying to play some good football, we have not been hammered by anyone after an early setback against Armthorpe.”
He is adamant Liversedge should be in a far better position than they are now and is confident that they can improve.
“We have not had much luck in matches so far but a run of better fortune at Maltby and Hall Green next week will see us move in the right direction.”
Waddington was without a handful of senior players last week as Liversedge went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Parkgate.
He admitted: “We were shocking, really awful, especially in the first half.
“We gave them a rollicking at half-time and it was slightly better in the second half but by that time the damage had been done.”
Waddington said his side lacked creativity and the enthusiasm was flat.
“I just couldn’t fathom out what was wrong last Saturday, everthing was at odds with what we said beforehand, but we have had a couple of good training sessions since then and we are determined to put it right against Maltby.”
Waddington gave a chance to new signing Dean Wharum on Saturday against Parkgate and he repaid the faith shown in him with a goal. He joins Liversedge after being spotted playing in the Huddersfield League where the manager was impressed with his ‘blistering pace’.
“With the limited budget we have scouting in the local leagues is a must as we aim to build up a team and sustain progress over time. The board have said they will give us the time to change things around.”
For tomorrow’s trip to Maltby Waddington hopes to be able to pick from a much stronger squad with the likes of John and James Penn and Danny Clapham returning.
Jermaine Moyce is recovered from a hamstring injury and could be available while Gareth Saville who has impressed at full-back could also stake a claim.
“Despite the setback last week I am looking forward to going to Maltby and I get a buzz out of being invovled with this club, because it has so much potential,” explained Waddington.