Miller relishes Liversedge’s vital pre-season countdown

TEN weeks and counting — Liversedge manager Billy Miller can’t wait for his first pre-season match at Northallerton.

Miller, who arrived at Liversedge last November with the club rock bottom of the Northern Counties East League, has helped Liversedge stay up, finishing fourth-bottom, and is now planning on spending the summer building his squad and getting them in top shape for a much improved season in the NCE Premier Division.

“I have talked to our chairman Steve Newton and we have agreed on what needs to be done in terms of re-building,” said Miller. “He has been brilliant since I arrived and I want to acknowledge his continuing support.”

“After the presentation night (tonight), we will have a few weeks off and then it will be right down to it and pre-season training. The first match is in 10 weeks on July 16 at Northallerton in a charity game.”

Miller is hopeful that there will be a match with newly crowned NCE champions Farsley and Harrogate Town with another couple of matches still to arranged.

Miller and his assistant Cory Larkin have spoken to the squad and most are on board for next season.

“We have a strong squad and most of them are there or thereabouts we have some ideas about where we want to strengthen and are hoping to bring good players in.

“We have a good relationship with other teams in the area and we will be talking to them in the summer.

“James Sutcliffe and Lamin Colley joined us on loan from Farsley towards the end of the season and they did a good job for us, they are young players who need match experience and I hope we can do something similar with Farsley again, and it benefits both clubs.”

Liversedge will also be looking to bring on the impressive products of the Under-19 team at the club who are having a fantastic season.

Miller added: “Joe (Hewitt) and Karl (Milner) have done a great job with the Under-19s this season, a couple have been knocking on the door of the first team.

“It’s great that most of them are local lads as well, we are doing our best to be a community club. We want to get people who watch Huddersfield Town, Bradford City and Leeds United to come down and see what we are offering in the way of good football, the pies at our place are a lot better as well.”

The Under-19s won their final match of the season at home to Silsden 5-2 and are top of the table on 28 points. However, they can be overtaken by Brighouse and Ossett Town who are five points behind with two matches in hand.

Jon Jo Keogh opened the scoring on 29 minutes for Liversedge but within three minutes Silsden equalised from the penalty spot. Owen Asquith gave Sedge the lead before half-time. Luke Walker and Gibril Bojang made it 4-1 before Silsden pulled one back. Jack Rogerson scored the fifth goal in the final minute.

Now they must wait and see what happens.