THE coronavirus outbreak has seen the Toolstation Northern Counties East League postpone all games with immediate effect, which is understandable, but a shame for high-flying Liversedge.

They currently sit second in the Premier Division, having won eight of their last 10 games. They were due travel to Grimsby Borough today, with manager Jonathan Rimmington keen to talk up unsung hero Oliver Fearon

The forward plays alongside the prolific Joe Walton, but his boss said he is just as vital to the make up of the team.

Speaking before the league's postponement was confirmed, Rimmington said: “We all go on about Joe, but if it wasn’t for Ollie and Paul Walker on the other side (Walton wouldn’t score as many).

“The pair of them are tireless, up and down the pitch. When you watch videos back, Ollie works his socks off, it’s not all about the goals for him. All that he does is because he wants to win games for the team.

“But he did score one of the best headers I’ve seen against Albion (in a 6-0 win last weekend), it was like Alan Shearer. He even climbed over the top of Joe Walton to get it.”

That game saw Sedge go 4-0 up in 18 minutes, but Rimmington insists Grimsby, who have lost their last three to slip down to ninth, should have been in a similar situation in their 4-2 home defeat to Garforth Town on Wednesday.

He went along to watch, and said: “Garforth were only 2-0 down, but Grimsby could have been five or six up after 30 minutes, they were brilliant.

“But Garforth had a lucky break just before half-time and scored, then they used the wind after the interval and got their equaliser directly from a corner.

“Grimsby’s heads just dropped after that and Garforth kept catching them on the break.

“They’re all pretty much ex-Grimsby Town (at Borough) and they’re a zippy team, with small midfielders who just move around off the ball.”

Rimmington was actually more pleased with his side in their 2-0 win at high-flying Bridlington Town last Tuesday, than the 6-0 thrashing of Albion, saying: “Bridlington had no shot on target all game. They got in behind once and put a ball across the six-yard box but there was no one there.

“They didn’t trouble us at all and usually they’re a team that move you about. But we controlled it from the start.

“I’ve watched a highlights video of the game a couple of times and I’d say it was the perfect performance from us.”

Rimmington confirmed that Sedge were currently in the process of bringing in former Bradford City player Alex Laird, as well as fellow youngster Ehsan Mohammed from Handsworth.