Sedge held by strugglers

Liversedge 1

Maltby Main 1

LIVERSEDGE were held to a draw by a Maltby Main side who are fighting for their Northern Counties East League Premier Division lives.

Although Maltby will have been satisfied to leave Clayborn with a point last Saturday, they are now six points adrift of Lincoln Moorlands, who won 2-1 at Long Eaton.

Nathan Cartman had an early volley saved for Sedge, while stand-in goalkeeper Lee Ashforth was on hand to save Robert Branagan’s header at the other end.

Liversedge took a 21st minute lead from a lovely move as Simon Wood found Cartman, who in turn passed to Under-19 player Matty Thompson and he sent over a fine cross which was headed home by Jake Lawler.

Rob Bordman had a free-kick saved, while Damien Hopkins was also denied after a Lawler cross as it remained 1-0 at half-time.

Maltby created several second half chances but Branagan was guilty of some glaring misses which could have earned his side a much needed win.

Branagan should have scored but shot wide having been sent clear and the same player skied a chance from another good position.

Main grabbed a deserved equaliser five minutes from time when Michael Jones volleyed home to earn what could prove to be a crucial point.

Liversedge: Ashforth, Hay, Hallam, Wood, Riordan, Lawler, Thompson (Cooper 70), Hopkins, D Bordman, Cartman, R Bordman (Manousious 80).

n Liversedge’s Sportsman’s Dinner takes place tonight (Friday) at the Holiday Inn, 7pm for 7.30pm.

Speaker is former Liverpool ace Alan Kennedy, with comedien Peter Emmett.

n On Wednesday night Liversedge Under-19s earned 3-0 win over Brighouse Town.

Jack Rogerson scored twice, one a superb volley the other a penalty.

Matty Thompson completed the scoring with a curling shot.