ONE more win from their final three league matches should see Liversedge safe in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, according to manager Billy Miller.
Liversedge have their first chance of a victory tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain fourth-placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway, kick-off 3pm.
The Clayborners are fourth-bottom ahead of Arnold Town, Hallam and Dinnington Town who bottom and are all but relegated. Arnold Town have two games in hand on Liversedge and Hallam have five games.
Miller explained: “I think we have got enough points, it would be asking a lot for Hallam to earn as many wins as they have all season in their final games.”
Liversedge has three league fixtures remaining, after tomorrow’s game they travel to mid-table Long Eaton.
Intriguingly their final match, on Saturday April 23, is at home to Hallam. Miller and his staff are hoping that everything is well and truly wrapped up by then and the club can continue their long association with the NCE Premier Division.
“It has to be down to us and in our own hands,” he added. “I think we need one more win to be absolutely sure of staying up, if two teams are to be relegated.
“We have only lost once in our last seven matches and I think we would be unlucky to go down showing that sort of form.”
Liversedge have had some good results against the sides in the top half of the table and earned a hard fought draw at Thackley last Saturday, thanks to an Andy Philp penalty.
They will have to pull out all the stops against Lincoln Moorlands Railway, who have made big strides up the league this season, thanks to their signing of several players from Unibond side Lincoln United.
Miller said: “Lincoln have done really well this season and they will want to finish as high as possible, but I believe that we are not far off being a really good team, one that can challenge for the top spots.”
Miller said they had already begun the quest for new players.
“We are looking at signing one or two more players in the summer and we will have a good squad to start next season.
“We have identified one or two and have had conversations with them at this stage.”
Liversedge have had good news with the return of Ben Hardy who scored six goals in five games in January and February before being injured. He played a full 90 minutes at Thackley and came through tired but uncscathed.
However, Lamin Colley will be absent tomorrow as he is on duty with the English Colleges team at Blackburn.
Next Tuesday Liversedge will host leaders Farsley in the NCE League Cup fourth round, kick-off 7.45pm. Farsley have won their league meetings so far but on each occasion Liversedge have given a good account of themselves.
A big crowd is expected at Clayborn to see if Liversedge can pull off a cup upset.
The team will be managed by Cory Larkin as Miller heads to Germany for work but he will be flying back to take charge of the two remaining league matches.