Sedge aim to topple new leaders

LIVERSEDGE will be aiming to spring a major surprise tomorrow and topple new Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Scarborough Athletic (kick-off 3pm).

The Clayborners travel to the east coast on the back of a mixed week of results which saw them turn in an impressive display to defeat Hall Road Rangers last Saturday before putting up a gallant effort only to bow out of the West Riding County Cup at Garforth on Tuesday.

Manager Billy Miller was pleased with his side’s efforts this week and will be hoping his side can do themselves justice at leaders Scarborough.

He said: “We gave it a good go at Garforth and the result flatters them a bit. We fell behind but battled back well and it was only in the last 10 minutes, when they looked fitter, that they finished the game off.

“It was a great experience for us, as it will be at Scarborough, who will be another tough nut to crack.”

Former Liversedge favourite Paul Walker was among Garforth’s scorers on Tuesday and after the match, he spent time chatting with some of the many friends he still has at Clayborn.

Liversedge were without the suspended trio of Andy Shuttleworth, James Hurtley and Chris Hanney on Tuesday but all three are available for the trip to Scarborough, who actually play at Bridlington’s Queensgate ground.

The two great east coast rivals are embroiled in a fierce battle at the top of the Premier Division table.

Scarborough took over from Bridlington thanks to Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Tadcaster and Miller expects the race to be keenly contested right up until the end.

He added: “Staveley are the best footballing team we have played but Scarborough and Bridlington are going well and any one of three or four teams could win it this time but we will go there and try to do our bit.”

Miller’s only dilemma is whether to Shuttleworth will feature tomorrow as he is facing a second ban, this time four matches, following his sending off at Arnold a fortnight ago and that is likely to keep him out of some key fixtures over Christmas.

Miller was full of praise for Darryl Leach, who had his best game of the season in last Saturday’s impressive 4-0 victory over Hall Road last Saturday.

Miller added: “Leachy really led by example, he got a grip of the side and the players really listened to him.

“We pushed them high up the pitch, something we haven’t done at times this season, and did the same at Garforth, which is why they found it hard to break us down.”

Sedge reach the halfway point in their season tomorrow and Miller will be satisfied to see his side sitting exactly halfway in the table.

Victory at the leaders would certainly provide Liversedge with confidence ahead of a tough period of matches, which includes back-to-back encounters with third placed Retford United.