Toolstation NCE Division One side Pontefract Collieries ended their pre-season friendlies on a high note with a convincing 4-0 win over NCE Premier side Liversedge.
Colls produced some of their best football of the summer against their higher division visitors and gave themselves a timely boost before the big league kick-off this Saturday.
“From start to finish it was a fantastic performance from a dynamic team against a Liversedge side who showed real resilience to stay in the Premier Division, finishing a respectable 15th last season,” said Rob Oldham, who stood in as manager for last Saturday’s game.
“We showed real quality and to be honest could have scored more than four goals.
“I couldn’t have asked for more than the players gave.”
The quality of football emulated what they had been playing in all the pre-season friendlies, even though they were under strength.
Oldham brought in three young players from the under 19s squad – Alex Tufrey, Jack Foster and Harry Warvill – and they all showed classy touches to match the seniors, looking as if they were regular first team players.
It look only eight minutes for striker Steve Lyon to open the scoring. Colls then stepped up another gear and another of the forwards, Liam Radford, made it two on 18 minutes.
Seven minutes later Lyon got his second following a superb cross to the far post from winger Andy Catton to make it 3-0.
Kingsley Wetherald who had an outstanding game throughout, got his just rewards shortly before half-time with a superb quality goal.
Liversedge were reeling from the quality of Colls’ football, but they came out for the second half with a more determined approach and put the hosts under some pressure.
However, they could not find a way round the solid Ponte defence, marshalled by Oldham, and the game ended 4-0.
It was an ideal workout before Colls start their Toolstation NCE Division One season away to Shirebrook on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Hopes are high that after near misses in recent seasons this time Colls can push for promotion to the Premier Division under joint first team managers Duncan Bray and Nick Handley.
Meanwhile, Pontefract Pirates LDFC stage an adult 11 v 11 Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day Tournament at the White Rose Stadium on Saturday with teams from Middlesbrough and Leeds involved to celebrate 150 years of the FA’s Anniversary. Tea, coffee and food will be on sale and the bar will be open, with the ground opening at 10am and kick-off 11am.