Sedge go for grand finale

LIVersedge are hoping to turn on the style as they entertain Hallam in the final Northern Counties East League (NCE) Premier Division match of the season at Clayborn on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

Hallam’s 3-0 defeat at Brighouse on Tuesday night means that the worst that Liversedge can finish is third bottom and the best they can achieve is a fourth bottom finish.

The third-bottom spot still carries the possibility of relegation but that depends on the situation in the EvoStik League. The position of clubs in North West Counties League could also impact upon the final standings in the NCE. So it is important that Liversedge earn a point on Saturday to avoid any uncertainty.

Liversedge are currently fourth bottom with 32 points, Arnold are just below them on 27 points with two matches to play while Hallam are second bottom with 24 points with two matches to play.

Arnold and Hallam play each other on Easter Tuesday which should also give Liversedge some breathing space.

The Clayborners will be aiming to maintain an impressive record of never being relegated from the Premier Division since they joined over 20 years ago.

This season however, has been a real rollercoaster ride for the club.

It started in a blaze of glory with the celebrations for the club’s centenary. However, two weeks before the start of the season manager Sean Regan resigned to take up a post with Championship side Scunthorpe.

Liversedge acted quickly to appoint Stuart Waddington.

However, without the vital summer months to build the squad they started off on the back foot and were quickly under pressure.

When Waddington resigned at the end of October Liversedge had only seven league points from one win and four draws.

The present manager Billy Miller, former assistant to Sean Regan, took over in November and has had an impact helping Liversedge to secure 25 points and steer them towards safety.

Miller appointed Cory Larkin as his assistant and he has played a vital role on and off the field.

A key to the improvement in the club’s fortunes has been the return of several former players, including Darryl Leach, Andy Philp, Chris Hannay and Andrew Shuttleworth adding their experience to established players like Brook Newton, James Hurtley and Joe Hewitt. Ben Hardy, Under-19s player Adam Hill and Farsley loan signing Lamin Colley have also made their mark.

Miller and Larkin will be seeking to sign up the squad and make several additions. Several pre-season matches are already arranged for the summer.