A thumping win for tenth-placed Eccleshill United yesterday in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. They made the twenty-mile round trip to Cleckheaton to deliver a 6-0 win over sixteenth-placed Liversedge at the Clayborn Ground – and after the game, two of the scorers gave their reaction to the Bootiful Game, writes Colin Muncie.
The goals were equally distributed across both halves, watched by a crowd of 90 on Quaker Lane. Aran Basi (6 minutes), Khurram Shazad (32 minutes) and Charlie Flaherty (42 minutes) sent the Eagles on their way in the first half, and three late goals from Adam Shaw (84, penalty and 90 minutes) and Chris Lever (90 minutes) completed the win.
Striker, Chris Lever is understandably happy with the way Eccleshill have adapted to the Premier Division. “I thought we were solid throughout the game from back to front,” he admitted. “We are stringing together some good results and top performances. I’m not really surprised at our position; we have put in some really good performances against some good teams and sometimes we’ve been unlucky not to get a result.”
“Hopefully we can keep up the work rate – and the goals.”
Midfielder, Charlie Flaherty agreed that it had been a fine all-round display. “We went into the game full of confidence after our previous performances, but knowing that on Derby Day anything can happen,” he told TBG. “Liversedge had a lively start and put us under early pressure but we dealt with it well and obviously took a 1-0 lead through Basi. I think the result today does us justice as we were clinical and we didn’t let Liversedge have a second on the ball.”
Eccleshill welcome neighbours Albion Sports to the Mitton Group Stadium next Saturday. “We are just taking every game as it comes,” Charlie insisted, “so we look to our home game next week – which is another derby; but to us it’s just another game, and we will go out there to win – as we do every week.”