LIVERSEDGE go into tomorrow’s tough Northern Counties East League Premier Division at home to Maltby Main (kick-off 3pm) buoyed by Tuesday’s terrific derby win at Brighouse Town.
Miller was full of praise for his team and delighted for the Liversedge committee after Darryl Leach’s last minute goal secured his side three crucial points in their quest to avoid relegation.
Miller said: “It was a very good win for us, although it was not the greatest game in the world.
“We knew it was massive for our committee and supporters due to the close to connections between the two clubs but I told the players not to become involved in the emotion of the occasion and it was just another game that we needed to win.”
Ex-Brighouse man Darryl Leach played a staring role in the game as he set up Liversedge’s first goal for Jamie Wasley, then headed into his own net for the Town equaliser, before scoring the last minute winner.
“Darryl has been superb for us. His header for Wasley’s first goal was goalbound anyway, so the kid could have had a hat-trick,” joked Miller, adding: “He took a lot of stick from the home support after his own goal and they really rubbed it in but the way he celebrated the winner at the end was his way of giving a little back.”
The Liversedge supporters and committee were jubilant after the victory and Miller was delighted his players could give them a little something back after they have worked so hard for the club.
Miller added: “People don’t realise how hard the committee work, all on a voluntary basis. They are the heart and soul of the football club and they are absolutely priceless but from a player’s perspective, I’m sure this was a way of giving them a little something back.”
That win has put a little daylight between Liversedge and the relegation zone as they are now six points clear of second-bottom Dinnington Town, while they have a game in hand and a far superior points difference, with the two sides also set to meet a week on Tuesday (March 8).
Miller watched tomorrow’s opponents Maltby Main thrash Brighouse 5-0 in January and rates them very highly so expects another tough test for his side.
Striker Adam Hill and goalkeeper Danny Knight are unavailable tomorrow as they have been selected for the West Riding County representative side to play Northumberland.
Hill has featured in several first team matches already and Miller says he would also like to hand Knight a run in the senior side at some stage.
Liversedge are also in action next Tuesday when mid-table Nostell Miners Welfare visit Clayborn (ko 7.45pm) as they aim to climb further away from the danger zone.