NCEL: Knaresborough Town 2-3 Shirebrook Town | Boro fall to fourth straight league defeat

Knaresborough Town captain Will Lenehan heads goalwards against Shirebrook Town (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)
Knaresborough Town captain Will Lenehan heads goalwards against Shirebrook Town (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)
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Knaresborough Town crashed to a fourth successive defeat in the league despite forcing their way back from two goals down against Shirebrook Town.

A defensive error 30 seconds after Knaresborough Town equalised midway through the second half saw Antony Rowley steal three points away from Manse Lane.

Knaresborough had fallen behind in the 10th minute of the contest when Shirebrook striker Jake Currie found himself free in the area.

The advantage was doubled on 34 minutes when Tom Roebuck headed home a corner. But Boro' were given a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Blaine Hobson reduced the arrears.

With the words of boss Paul Stansfield fresh in their heads, Boro levelled on 51 minutes through former Riccall United manager Gary Collier.

However, a defensive mix-up allowed Rowley to stroke the ball home a minute later. And Boro' were made to rue a number of missed scoring opportunities as they dropped down to 12th place in Northern Counties East League Division One.

Liam Gray slides in to make a crunching tackle (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)

Liam Gray slides in to make a crunching tackle (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)

“It’s systematic of what has been happening to us, we are not taking our chances and we’re gifting goals to the other teams,” said Stansfield.

“For their first goal, the striker was unmarked in the box which can’t be happening and the second one was a free header.

“The third came from a defensive error, so they were pretty poor goals to concede.

“It’s not really the defences fault, it’s the whole team’s mentality to defend that has to change.”