Knaresborough Town boss hails momentous FA Vase win

hsb  Steve Bromley playing for Knaresborough Town against Westella Hanson.   (130907M5b)
hsb Steve Bromley playing for Knaresborough Town against Westella Hanson. (130907M5b)
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Knaresborough Town manager Brian Davey put Colin Heath’s extra-time FA Vase winner against Westella Hanson amongst the great moments in the club’s history.

Heath lashed home from 15 yards to secure a famous 4-3 victory on Saturday in the club’s first ever match in the competition.

Fellow striker Steve Bromley had earlier rescued Town as he scored twice, the second an exceptional overhead kick in the final minute of normal time.

But it was Heath who stole the limelight as he sent the Manse Lane faithful into raptures.

“I’ve never heard noise like it down there,” said Davey.

“The place went mad.

“When Colin Heath came on I said to him, ‘you are going to get one chance, make sure you take it’.

“It was the best goal we’ve had down there for years, definitely the most important.”

Town’s win was more remarkable after they played more than 60 minutes with 10 men, following Blaine Hobson’s second half dismissal.

Hobson was sent off after a scuffle with a Westella defender and, while his gaffer felt it was harsh, he said it would act as a steep learning curve.

Davey said: “He pushed him in the chest, he has not thrown his arms at him or punched him.

“The referee sent him off but not their player for putting his head in Blaine’s face.

“Sometimes in those circumstances, teams do pull together.

“We tightened it up and tried to keep it narrow. We had to keep the ball a bit better. The back four were excellent.

“Blaine’s a young lad. He will learn he has to keep his hands down.”

Town have been handed a tricky test in the second qualifying round with a trip to Northern League high fliers Marske United.

Davey added: “We know it’s going to be hard. But we’ll take a coach load up there and give them a good game.”

Bromley is a doubt for ‘Boro’s return to NCEL league action on Saturday when they host ninth-placed Yorkshire Amateur (3pm).

The gaffer said his side must watch Amateur signing Roy Stamer who scored four goals on his debut last week.

Davey added: “He’ll be a big strong centre forward.

“We need to make sure we deal with him.

“They have a new manager and will probably have changed their style.”