Big turnout can't prevent Sedge loss

Big turnout can't prevent Sedge loss

LATE defensive lapses cost high-flying Liversedge dear at Clayborn on Tuesday night with the Northern Counties East League Premier leaders going down 2-1 to Bridlington Town in a game they had never looked like losing. 

The hosts controlled the game with neat controlled passing, which was demonstrated in every position on the pitch.

That, combined with some tricky footwork from Matty Waller in particular, repeatedly threatened the visitors’ defence. But, a telling final pass was always missing.

Front-man Joe Walton was a constant handful for the Bridlington defence, but he couldn’t find a clear opening.

In fact, it was the 62nd minute before substitute Brandon Kane forced Town keeper James Hitchcock to make his first save.

It was a cut and thrust encounter which, on a cold wet night, kept a huge 600-plus crowd on their toes.

A couple of marginal penalty appeals went against Liversedge, but although both defences had to battle hard to keep their opponents at bay, neither keeper was pushed beyond routine catching and kicking until the 75th minute when Town’s Chris Jenkinson sliced a cross past his helpless keeper to break the deadlock and give a larger than normal crowd something to cheer.

Over 600 people turned out to support Sedge at Clayborn following an online petition from devoted fan Jimmy Dean.

He had hoped to attract a four-figure crowd to Clayborn and break the highest ever attendance record for a Sedge home game.

Nevertheless Sedge’s lead lasted just two minutes when Jeremy Forrester took advantage of a defensive slip to equalise then, with just five minutes remaining, Joel Sutton pounced to snatch the winner for Bridlington.

Jonathan Rimmington’s side remain top of the NCEL Premier despite suffering just their second league defeat of the season, but they have now played a game more than second-placed Cleethorpes.

Sedge travel to face Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the league tomorrow (Sat Oct 15, 3pm).

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