LIVERSEDGE’S recent climb up the Northern Counties East League Premier Division table suffered its first setback when they lost their first league game in eight-and-a-half weeks to second-placed Winterton Rangers.
They only really managed to find their feet halfway through the second half, but a goal by Winterton, against the run of play, stopped any chance of them picking up three points as Sedge lost 3-2.
Signs of a first defeat since August were clear to see in the early stages.
Rangers’ Danny Clarke beat Danny Cooper and crossed dangerously across the six-yard box, but Sedge just managed to put the ball out for a corner.
But, from the resulting set piece, goalkeeper Lee Ashforth fumbled and gifted Rangers’ defender Greg Archer an easy tap in.
First-half chances of an equaliser fell to Sedge’s Cooper, Nicky Boshell and Luke Sherman, but all were narrowly off target.
In recent weeks Sedge’s second-half performance had won them the game and despite riding out a few scares early on, Matthew Sparkes headed home an equaliser on 56 minutes.
Despite mounting a revival, Sedge went 2-1 down when Holt found himself through on goal after a lucky deflection in midfield and coolly converted into the back of the net.
Sedge tried to bounce back once again but lacked the finishing touch.
Boshell dribbled the ball deep into Rangers half from his own and unleashed a powerful shot that was saved excellently by Ben Simpson.
And substitute Wayne Crossley got into a great position and controlled a wonderful cross-field ball to put himself through on goal, but his shot was saved by the keeper.
Holt added a third on 84 minutes before Sparkes reduced the score to 3-2, but it proved too little too late.
Liversedge: Ashforth, Cooper, Fahy, Wood, Sparkes, Leach, Boshell, Markham (Biddle 70mins), Sherman (Smith 51mins), Tyson, Melvin (Crossley 77mins).