Liversedge go in search of rare hat-trick of wins

Liversedge's Billy Grogan scored twice in the win over Pickering Town.
Liversedge's Billy Grogan scored twice in the win over Pickering Town.

Liversedge will be aiming to seal a third straight victory for the first time in two years tomorrow when they entertain lowly Parkgate (3pm).

Not since Sedge followed up an FA Cup triumph against Selby Town with league victories over Barton Town and Thackley in August 2011 have they won three on the bounce.

Sedge produced one of their best displays of the season to record a 4-0 win at Pickering last Saturday and followed it up with a 2-1 success over Silsden in the West Riding County Cup on Tuesday to set up a rare chance of a hat-trick against third-bottom Parkgate in the Northern Counties East Premier Division.

Liversedge were down to the bare bones at Pickering and had to take 16-year-old Callum Charlton as their only substitute.

Ryan Wood had an early shot tipped onto the crossbar before good work by Bradley Riley and Ben Grech-Brooksbank sent Billy Grogan through to produce a cool finish.

Pickering’s Joe Danby had an effort ruled out for offside before Wood fed Grogan, who held up the centre-half and finished well to put Sedge 2-0 up.

Jamie Abbott made two good saves early in the second half before Grech-Brooksbank put Liversedge 3-0 up with a 30-yard screamer on the hour.

Riley completed the scoring when he went on a tantalising run and finished well as Liversedge celebrated an away win.

After a goalless first half against Silsden on Tuesday, Liversedge took a 59th minute lead when Grogan fed the returning Matthew Bugg and he finished well.

Michael Hall equalised with just three minutes remaining but with extra time looming Riley’s corner was headed home by Joe Hitch to send Liversedge into the County Cup second round, where they have been drawn at home to Selby Town early next month.