A HAT-TRICK from Jordan Turner helped Maltby Main to an exciting win over Liversedge.
Fans were treated to a number of high-quality goals to warm the hearts on a cold January afternoon, but Sedge came out on the losing side despite opening the scoring early on.
Mason O’Malley came into the side for his debut, joining Oran Thompson in arriving at the club on work experience from Huddersfield Town’s academy.
Liversedge took the lead after seven minutes thanks to a superb solo goal. Emile Sinclair cut inside, went past the defender and unleashed a superb strike from outside the box which flew over the head of goalkeeper James Pollard, for his first goal since joining the club.
Rhys Davies could have doubled the lead but his curling shot went over the bar, and the home side quickly responded when goalkeeper Ed Wilzynski failed to clear the danger and the ball came to Steven Hopewell, who backheeled it to Turner to compose and finish.
Things quietened down as the half wore on, with the two defences establishing some control over proceedings. Maltby Main could have taken the lead a minute before the break, but Wilzynski did superbly well to stretch and keep out a Matt Moore effort that was heading for the top corner.
Moore wasn’t to be denied shortly after half-time though, delivering a rasping shot from 25 yards that the goalkeeper could only stand and admire as it whistled into his bottom corner.
Moxam sent a volley wide of the target as the home side searched for more goals, and their lead was extended in the 71st minute when Moore played in Turner. The forward still had plenty to do, but he cut into the box from the left and curled a great strike into the far corner.
His hat-trick goal seven minutes later came from the same position, although this time there was an element of luck as the ball took a flick off a Liversedge defender, leaving Wilzynski, not for the first time in the afternoon, helpless.
The goalkeeper did make a top save to keep out Moore in a one-on-one situation, denying the hosts a fifth goal that would have been very harsh.
In injury time Liversedge did have a little more to show for their efforts, thanks to yet another beauty as Davies smashed the ball in from distance with the help of the crossbar.
Liversedge, who remain in 15th place in the league table, did have another fixture scheduled for last Tuesday but their clash with Goole, which had originally been moved from December, was postponed again.
They return to action tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) when they travel to Lincolnshire to face play-off chasing Bottesford Town.