Parkes fires Knaresborough to Teversal triumph

Simon Parkes, left, netted the decisive goal for Knaresborough Town at Teversal. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Simon Parkes, left, netted the decisive goal for Knaresborough Town at Teversal. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
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A fine Simon Parkes strike proved enough to see Knaresborough Town record a first win in five games when they edged out Teversal by a 1-0 scoreline.

In what was Paul Stansfield’s side’s final away fixture of the campaign, opportunities of note were few and far between, but the one goal that did arrive proved to be a real gem.

Following an uneventful start to Saturday’s NCEL Division One clash, Joshua Radford shot wide for Teversal, but that chance was midway through the half .

The same player then headed wide of the target from a right-wing cross by Luke Bacon.

The decisive goal arrived in the 33rd minute when a pass across the edge of the penalty area from Dan McDaid was lined up by the onrushing Parkes, who smashed a superb effort high into the net.

Teversal’s Radford was again wide early in the second period and a long cross-cum-shot from Thomas Laister flew narrowly over the bar.

Harry Brown then cut in from the right wing only, to fire wide of the far post, in what was his side’s second and final effort at goal of the game.

Khyle Sargent and Blake Vincent were both off the mark for the home side in the closing stages as Knaresborough held on for a victory which was satisfying, but frustrating, in equal measure for the travelling support.

Town remain seventh in the league standings, five points shy of a play-off spot with two fixtures remaining, but having played two games more than sixth-placed Hallam.