Football: Knaresborough Town back on track

Knaresborough Town's Paul Stansfield
Knaresborough Town's Paul Stansfield
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Knaresborough Town managed a first victory in four weeks with a 2-1 upset triumph at title-chasing side, Cleethorpes Town on Saturday.

Louis Grant had an early chance for the home side but delayed his shot and Byron Littlefair was able to clear.

Paul Stansfield fired wide and Liam Gray’s effort was deflected wide, but the first half failed to produce really clear chances although Miles Fenty in the home goal did save headers from Will Lenehan and Dave Thomas.

A solitary Jonathan Oglesby shot flew too high for Cleethorpes.

Cleethorpes did open the second half with more determination and took the lead after 52 minutes when a cross from the right was not dealt with and Louis Grant had time to control and fire home.

Stand-in goalkeeper, Matt Butler, signed on Friday when Knaresborough Celtic’s game was called off, made a superb double save to deny Darren Hanslip and then Nathan Emson within four minutes of the goal but then Knaresborough pushed forward in search of the equaliser.

Littlefair fired over at the back post following a cross from the left and Paul Stansfield’s lob was easily saved by Fenty before the leveller arrived in the 64th minute.

Danny Wright fed in Gray on the right wing and his centre was headed goalwards by Colin Heath and despite Lee McFarland’s attempt to clear, the linesman was well placed to award the goal.

The goal seemed to shake Cleethorpes who had an unbeaten league run stretching back to October and after Jim Bradley’s late tackle on McFarland, Hanslip got involved and was shown a red card by the referee.

Alex Flett fired over for the home side and as the sides prepared for the goal kick, McFarland became involved in an incident and was also shown a red card.

Cleethorpes’ nine men still looked dangerous and Butler saved from Grant before the winning goal arrived in the 82nd minute.

A corner from the left was swung across by Wright and Lenehan headed down for Dave Thomas to volley in fine goal to give ‘Boro’ the points.

Meanwhile, Knaresborough reserves progressed to the quarter final of the West Yorkshire League Cup after a fine victory over Premier Division side, Shelley, at Manse Lane on Saturday.

Edmore Murau gave Knaresborough the lead with an audacious lob from near the halfway line in the 41st minute when he noticed the goalkeeper had left his line.

Fraser Lancaster made it 2-0 after 74 minutes and Murau added a third two minutes later only for Shelley to immediately pull one back.

Murau’s hat trick goal cemented the victory four minutes from time

On Saturday, Knaresborough take on Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare at Manse Lane (Kick off 3pm) whilst the reserves travel to Ilkley Town (Kick off 2pm).