Liversedge plans hampered by horrendous journey

Hall Road Rangers 1Liversedge 0

Thursday, 11th February 2010, 2:30 pm

LIVERSEDGE were unable to build on last Saturday's terrific 1-1 draw at Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Bridlington Town as they slipped to a midweek defeat on Humberside.

Liversedge were hit by horrendous travel problems on Wednesday after the M62 was closed following a series of accidents.

The visitors didn't arrive at Hall Road until 7.10pm and although the referee delayed the kick off by 15 minutes to 8pm Liversedge's preparations were severely disrupted.

Manager Sean Regan handed debuts to Jordan Missin and Andy Philps but neither side created many chances and the game was settled when Ryan Haigh's 25th minute backpass was intercepted by Adam Walker, who had the simple task of slotting the ball into an empty net.

Philps was introduced at half-time and he had a lively game on the left.

Andy Shuttleworth produced an excellent through ball but Philps was just unable to get on the end of it.

With five minutes remaining Liversedge had strong claims for a penalty turned down when Jamie Wasley challenged a defender, who fell and appeared to handle the ball on the ground but the visitors appeals were waved away.

Liversedge: Wilkinson, Haigh, Kavanagh, Springer, Larkin, Lunn (Burton 68), Shuttleworth, Wasley, Lawlor (Philps 46), Ettiene.

Bridlington Town 1

Liversedge 1

LIVERSEDGE produced a battling display to grind out a point at leaders Bridlington last Saturday.

Alan Jordan was in terrific form at centre back as he repelled Bridlington's chances, while Stuart Wilkinson made a string of fine saves.

Town gave a debut to Craig Hogg, signed from rivals Scarborough, but although they forced several corners late in the game, they were unable to break Liversedge's resolve.

The Clayborners must have feared the worst after Bridlington took a third minute lead when assistant manager Phil Harrison tapped in from close range after Nathan Hotte's cross.

Home supporters expected the floodgates to open but Liversedge dug in and Jamie Wasley's 57th minute goal earned a point for the visitors.