Stag do leaves Knaresborough Town depleted

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Knaresborough Town boss Brian Davey is battling a depleted squad for the final match of the season at Selby Town.

Five defensive players are unavailable for Saturday’s trip to Selby as they attend a stag do.

Davey had asked Selby to move the fixture to Friday night due to the pre-arranged trip but they rejected the offer.

The manager admitted players would have to play out of position to fill the void.

And. with the reserves fighting for promotion from West Yorkshire Divison Two, Davey is wary of poaching their players for the season ending fixture.

Davey said: “It’s a shame we are going there with a depleted squad. We are fine with the midfield and up front but the back four are all away.

“We want to leave the reserves strong. We need them out of that division so we can close the gap between the two clubs.

“It makes it hard to ask players to drop into the reserves when there is such a difference.We will just have to have a swap round and some players will have to play out of position.”

‘Borough had a free week last weekend and Davey questioned the league’s scheduling.

“It was disappointing after a win and a draw we wanted to keep going,” he said.

“The season should have finished by now but then we have this rearranged fixture. “We wanted to play on Friday but they said they would get abigger crowd on a Saturday but they will probably only get 300 or 400.

“We could be stronger but we will get through it.”

Davey believes Town will possess more threats to his side than when Joel Freeston struck twice to beat them 2-1 earlier in the season,

He said: “ They have a new manager and they are putting money into the club.

“Since they have been quite successful. It’s the last game of the season and we’ll give it everything.”

Borough’s third-placed reserves had a superb week as they clinched the Hulme Cup with a 5-1 win over Kirk Deighton. They then thrashed Great Preston 13-1 on their return to league action in a one-sided contest.

Several shots were squandered before Fraser Lancaster scored in the 17th minute and from then on, the result was never in doubt. Blaine Hobson got the second off the post and went on to a solo total of four.

Tom Bainbridge got in on the act with the fifth and Craig Robinson hit two, the first of which was a penalty.

Lancaster went on to six for his personal tally as the Leeds side were comfortably beaten.

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