Knaresborough Town worried by Manse Lane form

hsb  Liam Gray playing for Knaresborough Town.   (130907M5c)

hsb Liam Gray playing for Knaresborough Town. (130907M5c)

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Knaresborough Town’s hopes of emulating last season’s eighth place took a blow on Saturday as their woeful run at Manse Lane extended.

Knaresborough plummeted to their fourth home defeat in a row and their eighth of the NCEL Division One campaign after losing 2-0 to lowly Rossington Main on Saturday.

Two goals in three minutes shortly after the break gave Rossington their first ever league victory over Brian Davey’s men.

Boro’s hopes of a giant-killing to ease their downturn of form were then hit by the weather on Tuesday as rain postponed their trip to Garforth in the League Cup third round.

Boro will come up against former stars Craig and Carl Heard when they head to Yorkshire Amateur’s Roxholme Road ground this Saturday.

The Heard brothers left Town earlier this season after a disagreement with boss Davey.

Club spokesman Ian Pickles was revelling the chance to square up against the pair.

Pickles said: “It will be interesting coming up against the Heards again.

“We have not beaten Yorkshire Amateur since we joined the Northern Counties league.

“On that basis, it will be a really tough game.”

Influential captain Liam Gray should return for the trip but Paul Stansfield will serve the second match of his suspension for 10 yellow cards.

The pair missed Saturday’s defeat, but Boro welcomed Harrogate Town goalkeeper Josh Avery between the sticks.

And the young stopper had to save from Lee Holmes in the first minute before denying a header from the same player a few minutes later.

Byron Littlefair and Colin Heath both had efforts saved before first-half substitute George Eustance cleared off his own line.

Avery saved another Holmes shot before Eustance should have put Boro ahead in first half stoppage time, but instead placed Danny Wright’s pass narrowly wide.

Rossington went ahead in the 49th minute when ‘Boro’s defence stood off Shaun Pendleton and he fired low into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Three minutes later, Holmes doubled the lead when Avery tried to pass across to Michael Harper, but the ball fell short and presented Holmes with an easy chance.

Edmore Murau and Matt Duerden both had late chances but Rossington held on.

Pickles said he has struggled to find reasons to the club’s poor home record, and he blamed a lack of luck.

“I can’t understand why it goes as it does,” he said.

“I don’t think they are under more pressure at home and it’s a better playing surface than most in the league.

“There is a lot of luck involved. You need that little bit of luck.”