LIVERSEDGE manager Jonathan Rimmington says his side must stop conceding late goals after a 94th-minute equaliser saw them let two points slip at Yorkshire Amateur last weekend (1-1).
They go into tomorrow’s (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) home match against AFC Mansfield outside of the promotion places on goal difference after failing last week to continue the sparkling recent form which has brought them into contention.
Since the beginning of November, Sedge have lost eight points in the 88th minute or later, and after Joe Kenny’s first-half strike was cancelled out deep into stoppage time by ex-Liversedge man Roy Fogarty’s leveller for Yorkshire Amateur, Rimmington was left with a familiar feeling.
“We’ve done it four times this year,” he said. “We’ve got to stop doing it. We’ve looked quite solid today. We’ve had one clean sheet (in the league all season) and today we looked like we were going to get one.
“Last week even winning 10-1 (against Handsworth), we didn’t get a clean sheet as they scored in the last five minutes. Whether it’s a mentality thing, I don’t know.
“I thought it was over here, they never looked like they were going to score, and we just gave them the opportunity to break on us. We weren’t in a good shape, we were too far down the field, and it’s cost us two points.”
Fogarty’s late sucker-punch against his old side gave Yorkshire Amateur a barely-deserved point from a game in which Liversedge had largely been able to snuff out any hint of a threat from their opponents.
While not able to hit the heights of the swashbuckling five-match winning run which preceded the fixture, scoring 26 goals in the process, they still showed their class to outplay a fellow promotion contender.
Paul Walker’s snapshot was tipped round the post by the goalkeeper and Kenny hit the side netting in the early stages, while Joe Walton had a goal ruled out for a foul on the defender.
Walton toe-poked an effort wide from a Walker effort but, just moments later, Sedge scored a fine breakaway goal as Walton carried the ball forward determinedly and found advancing midfielder Kenny in space to drill the ball into the net for a 32nd-minute lead.
Bar one uncomposed effort from Adam Priestley when goalkeeper Josh Lill was caught out of position, the hosts were limited to ambitious strikes from distance in the first half as centre-backs Tom Jackson and Jack Steers marshalled things well.
The only negative in the first 45 minutes was an enforced change as Walton went off with an ankle injury that could rule him out for the next couple of weeks. In his place came Jake Thompson with Oliver Fearon moving from the wing to the centre of their front three, and the reshuffle had an impact early in the second half as the Ammers enjoyed a brighter spell.
Even then they could create little with the good possession they had and it was Sedge who looked more likely to score the next goal, with Thompson slashing the ball high and wide after brilliant work by Walker.
Walker had a big chance to make it 2-0 when Lill’s goal-kick was flicked on by Fearon, but he could only get the slightest of touches on the ball with his poorly miscued shot.
Their chances increased in the final 15 minutes but they could not kill the game off. Fearon stung the keeper’s hands with Jackson nodding wide from the resulting corner, and then Walker smacked the outside angle of post and bar after he was released down the left.
Liversedge were given a clear warning in the 89th minute when Priestley was released down the right and squared the ball across with Aiden Savory at the back post, yet somehow his effort only hit the side netting.
That was the Ammers’ first real chance all game, but the lessons were not heeded. In the final minute of added time, Sedge committed themselves forward too much while playing keep-ball in the corner, allowing the hosts to break. This time Ashley Flynn played the ball across from the right and Fogarty was unmarked to smash into the net and snatch a draw.