Liversedge still the underdogs as Trophy heroes chase third upset

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Liversedge manager Jonathan Rimmington

Jonathan Rimmington insists Liversedge remain the underdogs for the unmissable FA Trophy second round tie with Lancaster City at Clayborn tomorrow.

The magical Trophy run has seen ‘Sedge slay NPL Premier Division giants Scarborough Athletic and Basford United in the previous two rounds so some would probably suggest that ‘Sedge are the favourites.

However, Rimmington disagrees.

“It is going to be tough,” Rimmington told Non League Yorkshire.

“They’re quite physical and direct and they beat Buxton the other day and Buxton hadn’t been beat (in the league this season).

“It won’t be easy I can assure you.

“Everybody’s saying ‘oh you beat Scarborough, beat Basford’, that doesn’t matter.

“This is going to be a humdinger of a game because it will be two teams going at it hammer and tong.

“They have been in the league above for a while and they’re no mugs.

“I think they will be at it from the off and they will have seen that we have beaten two teams from their league and they will know they have to be on it.

“I think if we beat them then it is another upset.

“I still think (Lancaster) are favourites.”

Liversedge hero Joe Walton

The run to the second round began with the penalty shootout victory at Clitheroe which saw Joe Walton’s star turn as their goalkeeper.

Scarborough were next and ‘Sedge chopped them up in a 4-0 win.

A last minute header from Walton then secured ‘Sedge a 3-2 win over Basford and Rimmington said the run has been amazing.

“I think Scarborough was the best result,” he said.

“People took notice because we beat them 4-0 and it was quite comprehensive in the end.

“Yeah they had chances but so did we and we hit the post a couple of times.

“I spoke to the Basford chairman and they have an unbelievable budget and they are a hybrid club.

“I think they were massive results for us because of who they are.”

Over 800 people watched ‘Sedge beat Basford two weeks ago and Rimmington is hoping for a large attendance for what is one of the biggest games in the club’s history.

“Because of the euphoria of the last round I think people want to come,” he said.

“Locally it is probably one of the biggest games on Saturday and it is one of the biggest games the club has been involved in for many years.”

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