Boro boss on title charge

NAKP 1210274AM4 Knaresborough Town V Hemsworth. Seb (1210274AM4)
NAKP 1210274AM4 Knaresborough Town V Hemsworth. Seb (1210274AM4)

Knaresborough Town boss Brian Davey has challenged his side to keep winning and pull off an unexpected title tilt at the end of the season.

Returning goalmachine Seb Carole hit the target in the 3-0 win against Bottesford Town last Saturday as Town grasped victory for the eighth time in nine NCEL Division One matches.

The victory means Town sit second behind Athersley Recreation but below them Shirebrook Town, Albion Sports and Cleethorpes Town all have games in hand.

Davey said: “At the start of the season I thought we would be quite happy with a top 10 but I think we are better than that. We are going out to win it.

“I expect us to win all our games now. We are confident. Every game is a must win if we want to win it.”

Davey’s men next face a rearranged away trip to Dinnington Town on Tuesday evening.

Albion Sports had hoped to arrange to play Town on Saturday but the game was not ratified at a league meeting on Monday.

The gaffer said the trip to Dinnington could prove to be a tough match for his side, but they should impose themselves as favourites.

He said: “They were a big strong side but when we go away we are quite happy. Us travelling there won’t be a problem.”

Davey praised his side’s response against Bottesford after a difficult first half adapting to a dry, bobbly pitch.

Second half goals from Craig Heard, Liam Gray and Carole, in his 19th appearance for Boro’, led the way to three points. Heard’s brother Carl made his debut on the right-hand side of midfield as Davey experimented with former Leeds United winger Carole through the middle.

The manager said he was happy with his team’s improvement.

“I am more than pleased with the win,” he said. “The first half was very average. But we came out a different side and it became a lot easier in the second half.

“We are a good footballing side playing with a lot of width.

“Liam played as well as I have seen him. We said we wanted to get more goals from midfield and it was great to see him grab one. Seb’s still getting to know the way we play. We played him up front and he did more than enough.”

Meanwhile, in the West Yorks League, Knaresborough’s reserves produced one of their poorest performances of the season when they were held 4-4 at bottom of the table, Great Preston.

Fraser Lancaster (two), Joel Freeston and Shaun Unsworth all scored but the basement club equalised with five minutes to go to share the spoils.