AFC Farsley 2
A SUPERB individual goal by Liversedge striker Ben Hardy was not enough to prevent the home side slipping to a narrow derby defeat in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division on Tuesday evening.
The near 150-strong crowd was treated to an entertaining game and many will have left Clayborn talking about Hardy’s memorable goal.
With Liversedge trailing 1-0 after 60 minutes, Hardy picked up the ball on the edge of the Farsley area and ran at the defence.
Having scooted past two would-be tacklers, Hardy looked up, jinked past another defender and then skipped past a fourth before slotting beyond goalkeeper Tom Morgan.
For a while, it looked as though relegation-threatened Liversedge would get something out of the game but title-chasing Farsley had other ideas.
Simeon Bambrook – one of the players from the original Farsley Celtic club – let fly with a superb 25-yard strike which flew into the top corner and gave goalkeeper Lee Ashforth no chance.
Sedge boss Billy Miller brought on fresh legs and they did create one late chance when Darryl Leach played a long ball upfield to Adam Hill.
Substitute Hill did well on the wing and sent over a cross but Jamie Wasley was unable to get any power behind his header as Farsley held on for a victory which took them top of the table.
Both sides had earlier made good starts to the game as Ben Jones hit a post in the first minute for the visitors, while Hardy made a good run but shot wide.
Jones headed wide following another Farsley move before they took the lead when Gareth Grant ran into the area and clipped the ball over Ashforth, although his shot may have got a deflection off a defender.
Sedge had a bright spell towards the end of the first half as Andy Shuttleworth curled a shot just wide from the edge of the area, before Hardy showed Farsley what he was capable of when his quick feet took him into a good position but he was denied when Morgan dived to tip the effort round a post.
Hardy produced his great piece of skill to level matters after the break but it wasn’t quite enough to see Liversedge earn a point.
Liversedge: Ashforth, Saville, White, Larkin, Leach, Hannay, Hurtley (Bordman 81), Shuttleworth, Hardy (Hill 79), Philp, Newton (Wasley). Sub (not used): Knight.