Liversedge counting down to a pre-season of hard graft

Liversedge FC
Liversedge FC

LIVERSEDGE FC kick off their pre-season programme of matches tomorrow, when they travel to Northallerton Town to play in a charity match to support Help for Heroes and other servicemens’ charities.

Manager Billy Miller is determined to make the most of the summer preparations in the countdown to the Northern Counties East League season opener on August 6 at Nostell Miners Welfare.

Last summer the club’s pre-season programme was disrupted by managerial changes. Liversedge started on the back foot and were left battling against relegation for the majority of the season.

They retained their Premier Division status but will be determined to show a big improvement this time around.

Last Sunday the squad, most of whom have re-signed for the club, were put through their paces at a day of fitness training .

The tests assessed agility, cardio vascular endurance, speed, sprinting and flexibility with players being given individual programmes tailored to their needs and their roles in the team.

Miller will be taking a big squad to Northallerton along with a number of guest players which could also include former Bradford City and Everton winger Peter Beagrie who has provisionally agreed to don a Liversedge shirt for the occasion.

He could join other former professionals, Neil Maddison and Chris Freeman who have agreed to take part in the game.

The match will be reminiscent of the footballing film Escape to Victory theme as part of the Northallerton’s Wartime Weekend.

Next Wednesday the football begins in earnest as Liversedge travel to meet Silsden, who are members of the North West Counties League Premier Division where they finished 15th last season. Kick-off at the Asda Foundation Stadium, Keighley Road, is at 7.30pm for what should be an interesting contest and a good early test for Liversedge.

Other friendlies lined up for the first team squad are next Saturday at Radcliffe Borough of Evo Stick Division One North. They are also set to face Farsley on July 26 and Garforth on August 2, four days before the start of the league season.

Liversedge have been given an away tie at fellow NCE side Premier Division side Selby in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup with Budweiser on August 20.

If Liversedge can win that tie they will have a valuable home game against well known foes Pickering or Dinnington on September 3.

In the Carlsberg FA Vase, Liversedge join the competition at the second qualifying stage on September 24 when they will entertain AFC Emley.

The winner will play at Glasshoughton or Bottesford in the first round proper on Saturday October 22.