AFTER their midweek battering of Arnold Town 6-1, Liversedge lined up against the Northern Counties East League Premier Division’s worst defence in Glasshoughton Welfare, and they didn’t disappoint as they came off 3-0 winners.
Welfare’s early pressure was used against them as Liversedge produced a good counter-attack.
Damien Melvin ran at the back-tracking defence and picked out right wing-back Danny Cooper, whose shot hit the keeper from a tight angle.
Soon after Cooper found himself in yards of space and crossed onto the head of Andy Markham, whose header flew inches wide, before Luke Sherman pounced on a spill from the goalkeeper from Markham’s shot to fire Sedge ahead on 15 minutes.
Sherman added a second when Nicky Boshell played him in with a square pass and he placed the ball into an open net to put Liversedge in control.
Sedge, however, seemed to switch off and allowed Glasshoughton to create a couple of half-chances and it wasn’t until just after the half-hour mark that they created another chance.
Neat work from Melvin laid the ball off to Boshell but he shot was over and, five minutes later, Sherman showed good strength to escape his marker and head towards goal, but his effort was comfortably saved by the keeper.
Paul Smith and Gareth Liversedge squandered chances to increase the home side’s lead and, after the break, creative Melvin then made a chance for himself when a nice touch put him one-on-one with the keeper, but he shot wide.
For all of Sedges chances, it was unbelievable to think that, with 30 minutes to go, the visitors could still get back into the game.
Substitute Scott Broughton rose above the Sedge defence to head just wide of Lee Ashforth’s goal and the chance initiated a couple of substitutions for Sedge including the introduction of new signing from AFC Emley, striker Danny Clapham.
Liversedge finally made sure of the points when Boshell won the one-on-one with the goalkeeper to slot the ball confidently into the net.
Former Bay Athletic striker Brighton Mugadza almost netted a late consolation but he hit over from close range.