Leaders Aquaforce deny Knaresborough Town a point

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 looked a better-balanced side and produced a much-improved overall performance only to suffer another home defeat, this one at the hands of league leaders, Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Shaw Lane had all the early pressure and could have gone ahead when Ashley Flynn’s shot was weak and Gareth Dight saved easily.

A free kick from Danny Barlow was wide and Danny Frost hit over as the visitors tried to press home their adavantage.

Captain, Luke Danville, then headed wide from a corner before Dight had to be alert to keep out a deflected header from his own defence.

Flynn shot over from another corner before Colin Heath had Knaresborough’s first chance in the 40th minute.

Two minutes later, Steve Bromley thought he had put ‘Boro’ ahead when he hit home a Byron Littlefair cross from the left, but the assistant’s flag ruled out the strike.

Luck seems to have deserted the team at present and this once again proved the case as Mark Whitehouse put Shaw Lane ahead in the 48th minute when his shot took one massive deflection and one small one to enter the net.

The goal shook Knaresborough and firstly Liam Gray had a soft shot saved and then a shot blocked following on from Bromley’s blocked shot. The ball ran to Danny Wright, but Jamie Green dived to his right to push the ball away.

Whitehouse again went close following a cross field move and, after Dight had saved well from Kane Reece, Frost fired over.

Whitehouse was just wide with another shot and, despite late time-wasting tactics from the Barnsley side, Ben Clayton had one late header which looped over the bar as time ran out for ‘Boro’.

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

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 only to see Modernians go 3-2 up two minutes later as concentration levels lapsed.

On Saturday, the first team travel to Selby Town (kick off 3.00 p.m.) while the reserves take on Ilkley in the first round of the West Yorkshire League Challenge Cup at Manse Lane at 2.30 p.m.