Sedge make slow start to NCEL campaign

LIVERSEDGE FC were edged out 3-2 away at AFC Mansfield in their opening Northern Counties East League Premier game of the season.

Ryan Williams put the hosts ahead on 20 minutes before Oliver Fearon doubled the lead for Mansfield five minutes later.

Joe Walton halved the deficit on the half hour mark to make sure Jonathan Rimmington’s side were still in contention at the break.

In the second period Sedge started the better side and levelled the scores thanks to a Rhys Davies strike. But 20 minutes from the end Gary Broadhead netted Mansfield’s third and in doing so sealed the win for the hosts.

The defeat leaves Sedge in the bottom three after their first outing, but Rimmington’s men will look to put that right when they face Armthorpe Welfare at home tomorrow (Sat August 13, 3pm).

The loss rounded off a tough week for the Clayborn side who, last Saturday (Aug 6), were dumped out of the FA Cup in the extra preliminary round 5-2 at home to Guisborough.

Connor Smith fired the visitors in front in the seventh minute, but Sedge were back on level terms thanks to Vaughan Redford’s effort three minutes before the break.

The hosts couldn’t hold out through to half-time though. French Under-16 world cup winner Thibault Charmey was the man to give his side the lead at the break.

Rimmington’s men conceded further goals from Steve Roberts, Tom Bligh and a second from Charmey in the second period.

In reply Sedge netted through Walton.

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