Boro crowned champions

Knaresborough Town boss Paul Stansfield embraces Paul Clayton after his side clinched the NCEL Division One title at FC Bolsover. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Knaresborough Town boss Paul Stansfield embraces Paul Clayton after his side clinched the NCEL Division One title at FC Bolsover. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

Knaresborough Town won the NCEL Division One title on Wednesday night, beating FC Bolsover by a 2-1 scoreline.

Paul Stansfield’s runaway leaders went into the game needing just a point from their remaining five fixtures to make sure of top spot, and a quickfire brace from substitute Steve Bromley saw them over the finish line.

Boro have been in stunning form all season long, occupying pole position for large periods of 2017/18 having emerged victorious from 29 of their 38 league games to date.

They secured promotion to the Premier Division earlier this month when they drew 1-1 with second-placed Eccleshill United, but were forced to wait 10 days before rubber-stamping the championship with two of their games falling foul of the weather before a late equaliser denied them victory at Glasshoughton on Saturday.

Wednesday’s clash at Bolsover remained goalless until the closing stages and although a draw would have been enough for Boro, the arrival from the bench of striker Bromley sparked them into life.

The substitute finished off a 74th-minute Rob Youhill cross to open the scoring, then doubled the lead from close range just four minutes later.

Callum Lytham pulled one back for the hosts five minutes from time, but there was to be no stopping the Manse Lane outfit and the final whistle was the cue for them to celebrate a fine achievement.

The league trophy will be presented to Boro on Saturday after their final home game of the season, against Yorkshire Amateur.