Boro bid to reclaim momentum

hsb  Knaresborough Town v Pontefract Collieries. (130316M5d)
hsb Knaresborough Town v Pontefract Collieries. (130316M5d)

Knaresborough Town manager Brian Davey feels frustrated that the lack of game time has crashed the momentum his promotion-challenging side had built up.

Town’s NCEL Division One clash at Selby Town was postponed last Saturday and has been taggedonto the end of the season for May 4.

Davey’s fourth-placed side travel to West Yorkshire side Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Good Friday (kick-off 4.30pm) as part of the league’s Ground Hoppers Weekend.

But the boss reckons Friday’s clash will succumb to the weather like so many fixtures have over recent weeks.

The run of cancellations in 2013 has irked Davey and he is worried match fitness could be lost from his players’ legs.

Davey said: “We were on a really good roll but you have got to keep playing, keep getting wins in and getting points.

“I know everyone is in the same boat but it’s just a shame having to wait two weeks for a game.

“We are unable to train and all the indoor space is booked out. If you miss a week’s training you are behind.

“I can’t see Friday’s game going ahead. It is the cold. You have no chance to get the pitches clear.

“But we have to plan as if it is going ahead.

“We have a coach booked for the supporters to go down on Good Friday and cheer us on.

“It was a chance for people to go and have a day out. But with the cold it could ruin it.

“The players just want to play football but there’s nothing you can do.”

Town drew against Welfare 1-1 at home earlier in the season after Paul Eagling cancelled out the away side’s half-time lead.

Davey said: “I don’t think they had many chances. It was quite an even match.

“They were a well organised mid-table team.

“They weren’t a bad team and we enjoyed having them here.

“The players came in the bar afterwards and wanted to talk about the game.”

Davey welcomed an almost full strength squad for the contest with only Craig Heard (suspension) and long term absentees unavailable.

“We are quite happy that the squad is strong,” added Davey.

“Joel Freeston has been doing well and he is pushing for a start up front.

“Colin Heath is back too and will be a squad player. Keeping eveybody fit is the main thing.”

Davey praised midfield trio Paul Stansfield, Liam Gray and Jimmy Bradley for their stout performances throughout the year.Gray saw red for a second caution in Town’s last match against Pontefract Collieries but his boss said it was tough for the midfield three when they are constantly battling for possession.

“We don’t want to pick up any more suspensions,” he said. “When you are playing 30 or 40 games in a season it is very hard.

“They are the important three for us.”