Back Sedge in bid to pack Clayborn

Curtis Woodhouse - Bridlington Town's new manager
Curtis Woodhouse - Bridlington Town's new manager

Liversedge officials are hoping the local football public will rally round as they bid to pack out Clayborn for Tuesday night’s Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash against Bridlington Town (ko 7.45pm).

Interest among supporters has been growing since a campaign was started by supporter Jimmy Dean last month but the game has been given added impetus following recent developments at Bridlington.

Former professional footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse has taken over as manager of Bridlington, who have scored 15 goals in his first two games in charge.

The appearance of former British light welterweight boxing champion Woodhouse at Clayborn is almost certain to help swell next Tuesday’s crowd.

Liversedge have set an ambitious target of topping the 986 who crammed into Clayborn for a derby against Thackley in the 1940s, although a crowd of over 500 would represent five times the normal Liversedge home attendance.

Liversedge lie top of the NCE League Premier Division, a point clear of Cleethorpes Town after the opening 11 games of the season.

Liversedge pushed EvoStik North One side Farsley Celtic all the way on Tuesday, before being edged out 3-2 in the West Riding County Cup.

However, Jonathan Rimmington’s men boast a 10-match unbeaten run in the league, dating back to their opening game.

Steven Wales’ 53rd minute free-kick earned them a hard-fought 1-0 win at Parkgate last week, while they entertain local rivals Garforth Town on Saturday knowing victory will ensure they are top going into the Bridlington game.

Woodhouse, pictured above, took charge of the Seasiders for the first time last Saturday when they thrashed Armthorpe Welfare 7-1 and Town followed up with an 8-0 success over Retford United on Tuesday.

Among Bridlington’s scorers on Tuesday was Jamie Forrester, who helped Leeds United win the 1993 FA Youth Cup final against Manchester United.