Davey backs BORO to march on

hsb  Knaresborough Town v Rossington Main. Craig Heard (130112M3b)
hsb Knaresborough Town v Rossington Main. Craig Heard (130112M3b)

Knaresborough Town boss Brian Davey is backing his high-flying troops to continue their stay in the top five of NCEL Division One when they host Clipstone Welfare on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Eleventh-placed Clipstone beat Boro 2-0 at the Lido Ground in August, but Davey’s side have not been beaten twice by the same team yet this season.

It is a record the manager is keen to retain.

Boro beat Rossington Main 2-1 at home on Saturday, to move third in the league.

Boro’s match at Dinnington Town on Tuesday night was postponed.

Ahead of Saturday, the boss said: “We played down there earlier in the season, and they scored two early goals.

“I didn’t think they were a brilliant team, we struggled to play any forwards.

“But we are looking forward to this weekend.

“No team has beaten us twice this season, and we are going out to beat them.”

On Saturday, forward Craig Heard signed for Boro from league rivals Yorkshire Amateur.

He scored twice on his debut, and the manager is looking forward to the new signing becoming a vital component in Boro’s push to the end of the season.

He said: “We started Craig because we wanted to see what he could do.

“Sometimes it is hard for a young lad to have to come off the bench when he has just arrived.

“He enjoyed himself on Saturday, and it will take time for him to grow in confidence.

“He is only 21, but he scores goals, and if he keeps improving on what he has done already, he will be a big player for us.”

Heard opened the scoring on 35 minutes, connecting with a Dave Thomas pass.

Just before half-time, he met Matt Donnelly’s cross to put Boro 2-0 ahead.

However, after the interval, Rossington applied pressure, and Niall Doyle was able to shoot score on 52 minutes.

The visitors pushed hard for an equaliser, but Boro were able to hold on and complete the league double over the Doncaster side.

Davey responded: “When we came in at half-time with a 2-0 lead, we thought we would win comfortably.

“But there were three or four chances in the first half we should have taken, and we were disappointed not to do that.

“Unfortunately, they got the next goal.”

“We need to learn to kill teams off.”

Meantime, Boro Reserves lost 2-0 at Featherstone Colliery. They travel to Garforth Rangers on Saturday (2pm).

Turn to page 101 for a full match report and pics from Saturday’s win over Rossington.