Struggling Liversedge left to rue missed chances

Struggling Liversedge left to rue missed chances

LIVERSEDGE were left to look back on missed opportunities after they fell to defeat at Yorkshire Amateur.

They were on top in the first half but received a sucker punch with the first goal against the run of play after half time, and after further opportunities went begging a second sealed defeat for struggling Sedge.

They made a blistering start, with Rhys Davies denied in the first minute before the keeper again came out on top against the number one a couple of minutes later after Davies been played through on goal.

Joe Walton then had a strike ruled out for offside, but they struggled to maintain that early surge as the half went on.

A ferocious drive from Brandon Kane was blocked as they threatened again towards the half hour mark, and that was followed by a brilliant chance created by good work down the left. Davies swung the cross in, but Roy Fogarty missed a big opportunity from eight yards out as he put the shot over the bar.

Harry Stead had just the one save to make in the Liversedge goal as they maintained control, but they couldn’t find an opener and would soon be punished for it.

Completely against the run of play, Ashley Flynn broke the deadlock for Yorkshire Amateur seven minutes into the second period, as a surging run brought them forward before the ball was played into Flynn to finish confidently.

Sedge looked to respond positively and had the ball in the net two minutes later, but it was disallowed for a second time as a player had come back from an offside position.

More pressure followed though, with the best chance coming from Stephen Wales whose driving run worried the defence before the shot went high and wide of the target.

With 16 minutes to go the hosts doubled their advantage, as a short chip in behind caused confusion between goalkeeper and defender which allowed T’nique Fishley to poke the ball home.

Liversedge introduced Mitch Hamilton and Red Bates as they tried to rescue the game, but the offside flag denied them once again after they had found the net for the third time.

Walton had two half-chances in the final minutes which couldn’t be converted, and Liversedge were condemned to a ninth league match in a row without a win.

They sit five points clear of the relegation zone after defeat to the new league leaders, and things don’t get much easier when they host fourth-placed Penistone Church at Clayborn tomorrow (Saturday).

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