LIVERSEDGE head into this weekend’s home tie with Albion Sports in second place in the table after Michael Bottomley’s brace secured an impressive midweek win at Bridlington (0-2).
Jonathan Rimmington’s side stretched their unbeaten run to 11 games with victory over their promotion rivals on the coast.
Two second-half goals from midfielder Bottomley took them into the top two ahead of two home fixtures in the coming week.
Albion Sports, who are second-from-bottom heading into the weekend, visit Clayborn tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) before Sedge welcome mid-table Thackley on Tuesday night (March 10, kick-off 7.45pm).
Bottomley started on the bench at Bridlington, with Joe Kenny taking his spot in the only change to the team which had won at Goole three days earlier, but he would come on to have quite the impact.
He replaced the injured James Ghaichem in the 34th minute following a cagey start to the game which saw more fouls and cards than goal-scoring chances.
The hosts fired a free-kick over and Oliver Fearon aimed likewise with his own strike from the edge of the box in the final minutes before half-time.
Seven minutes after the break, Bottomley struck. The ball was won back well in midfield and Liversedge moved it forward quickly to find the substitute, who cooly beat the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.
The away team kept up the pressure and had a two-goal cushion in the 67th minute. It came from another break, with Walton crossing from the left and Fearon leaving it for Bottomley to fire into the net again.
The three points looked secure seven minutes later when a Bridlington player was shown red for a cynical foul on Liversedge forward Paul Walker, and they easily saw out the win.