sedge face relegation rivals in vital clash

Andrew Wood is Liversedge's leading scorer with 11 Premier Division goals this season.
Andrew Wood is Liversedge's leading scorer with 11 Premier Division goals this season.

Liversedge face a crucial clash against relegation rivals Retford United tomorrow as their bid for Northern Counties East League Premier Division survival continues.

The Clayborners are on a six-match losing run and have taken just one point from their last eight outings, a run which leaves them 18th in the table.

Defeat to fellow strugglers Nostell Miners Welfare was a body blow to Alan Colquhoun’s men last Saturday and they can not afford a similar result against Retford tomorrow.

Retford are second-bottom but ended an 11-match losing run on Tuesday night when they defeated Brodsworth 2-1 to close within eight points of Sedge with a crucial game in hand.

Goalscoring has been Liversedge’s main problem this season, as they have netted 33 times in 29 league games, but they will take heart from Retford’s woeful defensive record.

United have conceded a staggering 94 goals already this season, including 55 from just 14 away games and Liversedge will look to take advantage of this and ease their fears.

Andrew Wood is Liversedge’s leading scorer with 11 goals but he has not netted since the 2-0 win over Albion Sports on January 3 and he will be out to rectify that tomorrow.

Glasshoughton Welfare prop up the division, 11 points adrift of Liversedge having also played a game more.

Nostell are the only other side below Sedge in third-bottom but they have closed to within five points and still have a game in hand.

Liversedge still have 11 games remaining and know victory over Retford would give them breathing space in the relegation fight.

Sedge are also in action next Tuesday when mid-table Athersley Recreation visit Clayborn (kick off 7.45pm) in another important game.