Knaresborough Town hunt fresh striker options

Knaresborough Town v Cleethorpes Town.  Northern Counties East League Div 1.'17 August 2013.  Picture Bruce Rollinson'Craig Heard moves forward with Tim Lowe in tow.
Knaresborough Town v Cleethorpes Town. Northern Counties East League Div 1.'17 August 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson'Craig Heard moves forward with Tim Lowe in tow.

Knaresborough Town are on the look-out for fire-power after finding goalscoring tough this season.

Town failed to find the net on Saturday as a deflected goal straight after half-time saw league leaders Shaw Lane Aquaforce grab a 1-0 win at Manse Lane.

But the Reds returned to winning ways on Tuesday night as they gained revenge at Pontefract Collieries by winning 2-0 on Tuesday night.

They now sit 16th in the NCEL First Division.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Selby Town, boss Brian Davey said he needed to strengthen his limited striking options.

Prior to Tuesday’s win, Boro had scored just once in last four fixtures.

Striker Craig Heard left the club last week after a disagreement with Davey, and his brother Carl followed suit shortly after.

Davey said: “I asked him to play in the reserves which he didn’t want to do.

“We ask anyone struggling to go down to the reserves to find some form.

“ I expected him to go and do his best.

“Anybody that doesn’t want to play in the reserves shouldn’t be at the club.

“It was certainly disrespectful from him.”

Heard scored 16 goals for Town since signing from Yorkshire Amateur last season.

His departure has put the goalscoring responsibility on experienced frontman Steve Bromley, with only youngsters Blaine Hobson and Colin Heath as back-up.

The gaffer said he was hunting fresh faces to liven up his attack.

He added: “We have spoken to a few strikers in this league and a few in the higher leagues that aren’t getting much game-time.

“We are one player short. It’s costing us.

“But goalscorers are hard to find when you are not paying. We have exhausted all options around the Harrogate area.

Town put in a better-balanced performance against free-scoring leaders Shaw Lane.

The visitors had all the early pressure and Ashley Flynn, Danny Barlow, Danny Frost and captain Luke Danville all had first-half chances.

Colin Heath had Knaresborough’s first chance in the 40th minute before Steve Bromley thought he had put ‘Boro’ ahead.

The striker hit home a Byron Littlefair cross from the left, but the assistant’s flag ruled out the strike.

After the restart, luck deserted Town again as mark Whitehouse put Shaw Lane ahead with a deflected shot.

The goal shook Knaresborough into a response.

Firstly Liam Gray had a soft shot saved and then a shot blocked following on from Steve Bromley’s charged down effort.

Whitehouse almost doubled the Barnsley-outfit’s lead before they ran the clock down for their 10th victory this term.

“There wasn’t a lot between the teams,” said Davey.

“They had quality up front but we dealt with it. One nil showed how tight it was.”

On the offside goal, he added:”When you are struggling you need those decisions to go your way but they never seem to.”

Boro travelled to Pontefract on Tuesday night without a win in four matches.

But Steve Bromley’ penalty and Sam Cook’s first goal of the season helped Knaresborough avenge a humiliating defeat against the same Collieries side earlier this season.

The 2-0 victory lifted ‘Boro up to 16th in NCEL Division One after 10 games.

Meanwhile, the reserves lost out at Old Modernians after twice equalising and then conceding quickly afterwards to eventually go down 3-2.

The home side went ahead in the 17th minute and there were no further goals during the first half.

Edmore Murau then levelled the score a minute after the break only for Old Modernians to go 2-1 up a minute later.

Knaresborough continued to press and Murau made it 2-2 after 69 minutes.

But Modernians re-took the league two minutes later and held on to the whistle.