Knaresborough sink Jarrow to secure maiden voyage into first round of the FA Vase

Action from Knaresborough Town's FA Vase success at Jarrow Roofing. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Action from Knaresborough Town's FA Vase success at Jarrow Roofing. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

Knaresborough Town will play in the first round proper of the FA Vase for the first time in their history after beating Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA on Saturday.

Paul Stansfield’s men returned from their trip to the Northern League Division One outfit with a 2-1 success courtesy of first-half strikes from Brad Walker and Colin Heath.

All the goals arrived in a hectic opening period, the first with just 90 seconds on the clock as Walker latched on to Tom Hesketh’s through ball, beat the home goalkeeper and steadied himself before firing into the net.

Moments later, Walker again cut inside but shot wide, before a long ball down the right found Jarrow’s Oliver Martin who crossed for Paul Gardiner to level the scores in just the fifth minute.

Knaresborough came again, however, and Conor Donoghue’s ball found Walker down the right and he beat his man before centring for Colin Heath to hammer a shot inside the near post with 11 minutes played.

Town gloveman Dan Atkinson was twice forced into action, helping to retain his side’s lead when he pushed away Martin’s effort and then kept out a header from a corner.

Knaresborough were however good value for their half-time advantage, even though the home team looked dangerous in patches.

The busy Walker lobbed over the bar early in the second period, but at the other end Shaun Vipond headed over for the home side and Lee Kerr also shot too high.

A weak Ben Cohen effort was then saved by Jarrow stopper Shaun Newbrook and it was Cohen who came closest to adding to the scoreline.

The winger slammed a shot against the upright halfway through the six minutes of time added on by the referee, but Knaresborough held tight and were worthy victors in the end.