Sedge back on track

Liversedge 2

Long Eaton United 1

LIVERSEDGE ended a four-match winless run with a much improved display in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division last Saturday.

Sedge started brightly and created their first chance after seven minutes when Andy Shuttleworth fed James Wasley and he cut inside before firing wide.

The home side deservedly took a 15th minute lead when Nathan Cartman’s free-kick was headed back across goal by a defender and Darryl Leach reacted to nod home.

Shuttleworth put Cartman through but the goalkeeper made a good save and Liversedge again went close when Cartman laid a Gaz Saville throw-in to Damien Hopkins but he fired wide.

Long Eaton had an early second half chance when Shaun Rickford’s cross found Matt Weightman but he fired over the crossbar.

Midway through the second half, goalkeeper James Waggett made an excellent one-handed low save before the ball was hacked clear.

Liversedge had survived a couple of warning signs but were finally given breathing space late on with a second.

A good move between substitute Alex Hallam and Cartman saw the latter’s shot parried away by the United goalkeeper. Dave Bordman was first to react and he switched play from left to right and Wasley pulled the ball back from the by-line for Cartman to score.

Long Eaton struck with virtually the last kick of the game when Rickford tapped home a cross but Sedge had done enough.

Liversedge: Waggett, Saville, White, Larkin, Leach, Shuttleworth (Hallam 65), Hurtley (Jagger 60), Hopkins (Cooper 78), Bordman, Cartman, Wasley. Subs (not used): Monousios, Knight (gk).

n Liversedge bowed out of the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening when they lost 5-0 to Yorkshire Amateurs.