LIVERSEDGE eased into the quarter-finals of the NCEL League Cup as a Joe Walton hat-trick helped them to a convincing 4-1 win over Penistone Church at Clayborn.
After seeing their previous league match against Hall Road Rangers postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Sedge’s freshness showed as they made a blistering start.
In front of a crowd of 121, their highest since the opening home league game of the season, they were in front inside just four minutes, with Church conceding a penalty and Aaron Fell converting from the spot.
Walton then registered twice in the space of eight minutes, and they had a 3-0 lead and one foot in the next round before half an hour had even passed.
A young Penistone team grew into the game and found a response in the second half, with Nathan Keightley converting from the penalty spot after 64 minutes.
However the final say went to Liversedge as, with Church pressing forward, striker Walton was able to complete his treble and secure progression to the last eight of the competition.
Last weekend’s postponed match with Hall Road Rangers has been rearranged for March 12.
Sedge return to league action with a trip to Handsworth Parr on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). The two sides drew 0-0 when they met at Clayborn in the reverse fixture back in October.