Sedge edged out in cup but take huge step to safety

Football. Liversedge (Blue) v Lincoln Moorlands Railway (Yellow) at Quaker Lane, off Hightown Road, Cleckheaton. Liversedge's Jerome White with the ball. (d11041160)
Football. Liversedge (Blue) v Lincoln Moorlands Railway (Yellow) at Quaker Lane, off Hightown Road, Cleckheaton. Liversedge's Jerome White with the ball. (d11041160)

Liversedge 0

Farsley 1

LIVERSEDGE produced an excellent display to push treble chasing Farsley all the way before a goal two minutes before the end of extra time saw them cruelly denied in the Northern Counties East League Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

Having used all three substitutes, Farsley saw another player limp off late in extra-time and the 10-men appeared content to play out the final stages and take the game to penalties.

However, Farsley broke and Ryan Watson shot from just outside the area and the ball bounced in front of unsighted goalkeeper Lee Ashforth and into the net.

It was a cruel blow for Liversedge, who had played a full part in an entertaining tie.

Joe Hewitt and James Hurtley dominated ithe midfield, Ashworth was in suberb form when Farsley attacked, while Sedge forwards Ben Hardy and Lamin Colley had chances but found Tom Morgan on top form.

Farsley made a bright start and Lewis Nightingale was brought down in the area. He stepped up but Ashforth saved his penalty.

Lamin Colley, on loan from Farsley, had a chance against his parent club but was denied by Morgan, while Liversedge’s best first half chance came when Cory Larkin headed over Rob Bordman’s corner.

Colley was again denied by Morgan, while Roy Stamer was fouled but Ashforth saved the resulting free-kick.

A good move between Hewitt and Hurtley sent Hardy through, Morgan parried his shot before Colley fired the rebound against a post.

Liversedge had a glorious chance to win it on the stroke of full-time when Hardy was sent one-on-one but although he looked to have rounded the goalkeeper, Morgan managed to claw the ball back.

Liversedge had the ball in the net after 100 minutes when Hewitt and Colley fed Hardy to score but he was denied by an offside flag.

Sedge showed immense stamina as they kept the same 11 on the field for the entire game but they were cruelly ended when Watson bagged an 118th minute winner to keep Farsley’s treble dream alive.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Saville, White, Larkin, Leach, Hurtley, Bordman, Hardy, Colley, Hewitt, Wasley. Subs (not used): Newton, Garside, Helliwell.

Liversedge 3

Lincoln Moorlands Railway 2

LIVERSEDGE took a giant step to securing their place in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division with a terrific win over in-form Lincoln Moorlands last Saturday.

Liversedge drew first blood when Jamie Wasley crossed for Gaz Saville to head home but the lead was short lived as Lincoln’s leading scorer Tom Garrack levelled despite claims for offside.

Darryl Leach headed the ball back across goal but Cory Larkin’s header was saved before Saville’s long ball sent Ben Hardy through but he shot over.

Andy Philp put Hardy through again but he fired across the face of goal before Wasley had an effort blocked.

Wasley passed to Lamin Colley, who laid it back for Wasley but his shot was saved and it remained level at half-time.

Lincoln goalkeeper Mario Ziccardi made numerous saves and he tipped Andy Shuttleworth’s 51st minute shot over.

Wasley was sent one-on-one but again Ziccardi denied him before Liversedge broke the deadlock in the 71st minute as a Colley shot was blocked but Leach rifled home the rebound, with Colley shown a yellow card during the goal celebrations.

Lincoln again levelled through Danny Brooks’ 76th minute penalty but Sedge hit an 81st minute winner as James Sutcliffe produced a fine cross for Colley to turn and volley home.

Unfortunately, Colley was shown a second yellow card two minutes from time, following a mis-timed tackle and that resulted in his second sending off for the club but Sedge had done enough to pick up a vital win in their quest to avoid the drop.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Sutcliffe, White, Larkin, Leach, Philp, Saville (Bordman 65), Shuttleworth, Colley, Hardy, Wasley. SUbs (not used) Knight, Hewitt.