ALFIE RAW’S hat-trick saw Liversedge’s promotion surge continue with a thrashing of Albion Sports last weekend (6-0), but a midweek postponement means their run-in will be even more difficult.
Oliver Fearon scored twice and Joe Walton also hit the target in their comfortable win last Saturday, keeping them in the promotion places and closing the gap on leaders Staveley to two points.
However, their tie at home to Thackley had to be called off on Tuesday night due to a waterlogged pitch at Clayborn.
The winter weather has seen a host of postponements. Their trip to Eccleshill United has been scheduled for a Thursday (April 9) and they will have to face a three-match week on another occasion to fit the Thackley game in before the end of the season.
Those demands would appear to be the biggest challenge to Liversedge’s promotion ambitions, as they made it 12 games unbeaten with victory over Albion Sports.
The points were secure within 18 minutes as they struck four times in the opening stages, started with Raw’s first goal of the afternoon from Paul Walker’s lay-off.
Walton scored his 24th goal of the season two minutes later after Liam Marsden’s long throw caused the usual chaos for the opposition.
Fearon then netted twice in three minutes to put the game out of sight of a young Albion team.
Liversedge continued to dominate although their keeper Jason White had to make a great save one-on-one. The game was scrappy either side of the break but they established control again to score twice more in the space of five minutes.
The first came from the penalty spot as Raw cooly converted following a foul on Walton, and he didn’t have to wait long for the hat-trick with another neat finish into the corner.