Liversedge target victory to climb out of danger zone

Liversedge can climb out of the NCE League Premier Division relegation zone on Thursday with victory at home to Clipstone.

Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 9:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 9:26 am
Benny Igiehon, pictured playing for Sheffield, has scored five goals since joining Liversedge to lead their bid for survival in the NCE League Premier Division. Picture: Chris Etchells

The match (kick off 7.45pm) is Liversedge’s third in just six days and they are in action again on Saturday when Pickering Town are the visitors to Clayborn.

Having taken just 16 points from their opening 25 matches of the season, Sedge have doubled their tally from their last nine to give themselves a real chance of producing a great escape and surviving relegation.

Liversedge completed a terrific league double over Barton Town last Saturday, recording a 4-2 away win.

They looked to be heading for all three points in Tuesday’s derby at Thackley when Rhys Jenkinson’s screamer put them ahead only for the home side to level four minutes from full-time.

Victory would have been enough to lift Sedge out of the drop zone but leaves them a point behind Parkgate and Pontefract Collieries and two adrift of Brigg Town and Armthorpe Welfare.

In a cagey derby affair on Tuesday, Liam Scott-Bell denied a Thackley attacker who was sent one-on-one as the first half ended goalless.

Jenkinson opted to play despite his grandfather passing away on the morning of the match and he looked to have handed Sedge all three points with a stunning strike after 64 minutes.

But just four minutes from time Thomas Dugdale scored direct from a free-kick for his 18th goal of the season as to rescue Thackley a point.

Jonathan Rimmington’s side were in excellent form last Saturday to earn three valuable points away to Barton Town.

Barton took a 31st minute lead through Gareth Owen but in-form Benny Igiehon equalised soon after and Tinotenda Chibaro put the visitors ahead before half-time.

Brandon Kane made it 3-1 after 56 minutes and although Owen pulled a goal back, Liversedge made sure of the three points when Igiehon netted his fifth goal since joining from Sheffield.