Knaresboro’ end losing run with Penistone point

Knaresborough Town's Dan McDaid shoots for goal during his side's draw with Penistone. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Knaresborough Town's Dan McDaid shoots for goal during his side's draw with Penistone. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

Knaresborough Town ended a run of three successive NCEL Division One defeats when they took a point from their home clash with Penistone Church.

Paul Stansfield’s side’s hopes of making the play-offs are all but over following a trio of disappointing results in their previous three fixtures, but they did at least stop the rot courtesy of Colin Heath’s first-half header.

Penistone’s Danny Barlow fired over early on before a weak Brad Walker shot was saved by Adan Rhodes in the visitors’ goal.

The away side were then awarded a soft free-kick some 25 yards from goal and Barlow managed to curl a fine effort beyond Town custodian Ben Ledger with 20 minutes on the clock.

Three minutes later, Knaresborough were awarded a free-kick of their own, out on the left flank. The resulting ball into the box was headed home by Colin Heath as Rhodes came off his line in an attempt to clear the danger.

Town’s Dan McDaid then shot over from a good position before Barlow saw a second free-kick fly wide of the mark.

After half-time, the sides continued to cancel each other out for the most part, but Danny Joynes had a sight of goal, only to shot too high following a good run from Barlow.

Penistone’s Brett Lovell then headed over from a late corner, just before Ledger made a fine save from Joynes after his goal-kick was played into the attacker’s path.

For Knaresborough, a late Fraser Lancaster header from Dom Wilson’s centre was narrowly wide of goal, but the final result proved about right despite the flurry of chances in the closing stages.

Town remain seventh in the league standings, eight points away from a play-off place with just three fixtures to play.