Hesketh spot-kick enough to earn Knaresborough ninth win in a row

Action from Knaresborough Town's 1-0 home win over Ollerton. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Action from Knaresborough Town's 1-0 home win over Ollerton. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

A second-half penalty from Tom Hesketh earned Knaresborough Town a 1-0 home success over Ollerton Town and extended the club’s 100 per cent start to the season.

Paul Stansfield’s men stay four points clear at the top of NCEL Division One having won all of their opening nine league fixtures.

The leaegue leaders were once again made to scrap all the way by a very determined Ollerton side at Manse Lane on Saturday.

Greg Tobin headed an early cross into the side netting before Ben Parkes fired over the top for Knaresborough.

A Hesketh free-kick flew narrowly wide of goal before Ollerton’s Ben Bowring headed over from a corner to bring the first-half action to an end.

Will Lenehan and Greg Kidd combined to set up Brad Walker early in the second period, but the striker’s hooked shot lacked power and Alex Smith in the away goal saved comfortably.

In the 51st minute, Ben Cohen was brought down on the side of the penalty area and Hesketh slammed home the resulting penalty.

Gav King broke free for Ollerton only to shoot wide, but the rest of the contest failed to produce any really clear cut chances.

One of the best opportunities in the latter stages went begging after ex-Tadcaster Albion winger Rob Youhill, on for his Knaresborough debut having recently signed from Scarborough Athletic, centred from the right only for the pass to evade Steve Bromley in front of goal.

Gloveman Jack Rushworth then saved following an Ollerton free-kick before the final chance saw of the day saw Josh Garbutt’s effort blocked after another Youhill run.

Stansfield’s troops are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to AFC Emley for a 7.45pm kick-off.