Knaresborough stay in touch at the top

Brad Walker netted Knaresborough Town's second goal in their victory over Teversal. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Brad Walker netted Knaresborough Town's second goal in their victory over Teversal. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

High-flying Knaresborough Town scored a goal in each half to defeat Teversal 2-0 at Manse Lane on Saturday.

Paul Stansfield’s men remain third in the NCEL Division One standings after the result, just two points behind leaders Penistone.

Colin Heath gave his side the ideal start to Saturday’s encounter with a sixth minute goal after Seb Carole drew the visiting goalkeeper and teed up his teammate to turn and fire into the corner.

Dom Wilson had a shot saved after a Heath pass sent him through and then a string of chances went amiss.

Tom Hesketh struck a free-kick wide, Carole fired the wrong side of the post after good work from Brad Walker down the left and Heath set himself well only to see his shot rebound off a post.

Hesketh then had a shot saved by Joshua Turton and Carole shot wide before Heath fired over after another Walker run and Jonty Maullin’s volley was saved.

Walker then saw out the half with three more efforts, two of which were saved before the other went over the crossbar.

After half-time, Carole’s volley was saved by Turton after a Dan McDaid cross from the left, before Jack Rushworth was forced into action as he kept out a header from Danny Bacon.

Knaresborough were then awarded a penalty after Carole was upended, but Turton beat away Hesketh’s spot kick in the 50th minute.

Soon afterwards, the gloveman also saved a McDaid free-kick, but Town’s second goal eventually arrived in the 59th minute when Walker broke clear and rounded Turton to make it 2-0.

Rushworth saved again from Kurtis Bamford but the final chance fell to Heath who headed over from a Hesketh free-kick as Knaresborough ran out deserved winners.