LIVERSEDGE climbed up to second spot in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division last Tuesday and they ensured they stayed there with a thumping win over one of their neighbouring rivals.

Sedge are in the hunt for the title and, after their 2-0 win at promotion rivals Bridlington Town a few days earlier, they romped to a 6-0 victory at Clayborn on Saturday over Albion Sports.

Jonathan Rimmington’s team blitzed their visitors in the early stages as Alfie Raw opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Joe Walton doubled the home side’s lead, before Oliver Fearon hit two goals in as many minutes.

Fearon’s brace gave Sedge a four-goal lead inside 18 minutes and the game was done and dusted. Raw added two second half goals to claim a hat-trick, as the disastrous defeat kept John Francis’ Albion second from bottom.

Eccleshill United were also victorious as they ran out 2-1 winners at mid-table counterparts Handsworth. Lee Elam’s Eagles took a slender lead into the break courtesy of Jonny Irving’s 34th minute opener.

The visitors doubled their lead with just over a quarter of an hour remaining when substitute Marcel Chigumira netted but the Ambers ensured it was a nail biting finale as one of their substitutes, Callum Walton, halved the arrears in the 84th minute.

The win took Eccleshill back above Silsden, who were held to a goalless draw at home by struggling Goole AFC. It will be viewed as two points dropped by the Cobbydalers’ manager Danny Forrest, and it cost his side their place in the top half.

Silsden slipped down to 12th but they are still above Thackley, who suffered a narrow defeat at promotion chasing Penistone Church.

The hosts were looking for a win to stay on the coattails of Sedge and although Pat McGuire’s men made them work for it, a single Nathan Keightley goal was just enough in a 1-0 victory.

Campion are still four points outside the promotion places in Division One, despite a 2-1 away win at struggling Rossington Main.

The Red and Blacks took a third minute lead thanks to Danny Facey but the home side hit back late in the first half.

It was Masassa Kianga who equalised eight minutes before the break, but Aidan Kirby scored Campion’s winner deep into the second half.

Three of the four clubs above Campion won, but Selby Town were knocked off the summit after losing 2-0 at home to new leaders Winterton Rangers. Rangers were behind the North Yorkshire outfit on goal difference, but now have a three point cushion.

Elsewhere, Farsley Celtic slipped to a 2-1 home defeat to Hereford, damaging their Vanarama National League North play-off hopes.

Mid-table Brighouse Town were beaten 3-1 at leaders Workington AFC in the BetVictor Northern Premier North West Division, but there was joy for Steeton in the North West Counties League First Division North, as they moved off the bottom with an excellent 3-2 win at high-flying Golcar United.