Knaresborough Town's Carl Heard
Knaresborough Town's Carl Heard
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Knaresborough Town face their “biggest game in their history”when they make their FA Vase debut on Saturday.

Town welcome East Yorkshire side Westella Hanson to Manse Lane in the FA Vase first qualifying round (kick-off 3pm).

Northern Counties Division One is the bottom league allowed in the FA Vase, a competition where the final is staged at Wembley Stadium.

And after missing out on a place in their first NCEL season last year, Town were rewarded with a place in the competition this term.

Manager Brian Davey said: “It is probably the biggest game in the club’s history.

“It is great for the club’s progression.

“All the players are looking forward to it, none more so than the chairman Terry (Hewlett).

“He’s been at the club a long time, ever since he was a player here.

“It will be a fine day for him.

“He will put on his best suit and walk out with the players.”

More than 100 supporters turned up for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield side Hallam and Davey saluted the club’s support for helping secure the result.

“The crowds help us to keep progressing and get better facilities,” he said.

“We are building a good bit of support.”

Davey said he knows little about Westella’s style.

He said: “Apparently they are a good side. They beat Cleethorpes 3-0 in pre-season and we only drew 2-2 when we played them earlier this season.

“We won’t be taking them lightly.”

Injuries to strikers Blaine Hobson and Craig Heard forced a mini crisis onto Davey before Hallam’s visit but help was on hand from an unlikely source.

Dual-registered Harrogate Town and Harrogate Railway striker Paul Beesley turned out for the Reds as current club Railway were in FA Cup action.

And the bustling striker scored one and claimed a penalty, netted by Steve Bromley, to inspire victory.

“It was good to get him in,” added Davey.

“He’s a big, strong centre forward, the type of striker we have been missing.

“I told the other strikers to watch how he challenges.”

Knaresborough were also in action on Tuesday night at Hall Road Rangers.

Davey’s men snatched a valuable point from a 1-1 draw, thanks to a vital goal scored by Will Leneghan in the 84th minute.

Meanwhile, Knaresborough Reserves fell to their first defeat when a weakened side lost 3-1 at Pool, Craig Robinson scoring a consolation goal.