Knaresborough Town secured their first away win of the season when a side missing several regulars triumphed 4-1 at Brigg Town in NCEL Division One.
Despite missing regular goalkeeper Jack Rushworth, captain Will Lenehan and forwards Seb Carole and Colin Heath, the visitors cruised to a 3-0 lead inside 25 minutes and held on to their advantage despite a Brigg fightback after the break.
Knaresborough’s Fraser Lancaster had an early shot saved by Dale Coy, but soon Dan Dekanski, on his first team debut between the sticks, was tested by Nathan Peat and then denied Luke Anderson after his clearance fell at the forward’s feet.
The debutant gloveman then made another save, this time from a headed effort, before the away side took the lead in the 17th minute.
Tom Hesketh’s pass found Brad Walker who drew Coy before firing home for 1-0.
Lancaster headed home the second in the 21st minute when Byron Littlefair centred from the right after his initial corner was cleared back to him.
Four minutes later, a flowing move down the left from Dom Wilson to Blaine Hobson and then Walker saw the latter cross for Lancaster to finish off during a period of Knaresborough domination which also saw Wilson shoot wide following Hobson’s pass and another good move.
Jonty Maullin had a shot saved before Brigg briefly rallied, Anderson shooting wide and Dekanski being forced into action once again by Peat.
The half concluded after Cook headed wide from another Littlefair corner.
Cook again nodded wide after the break and Walker then broke through on goal, only for Coy to save.
Brigg fought back and were awarded a free-kick on the left side which passed through many pairs of legs, hit the back post and was poked home by Scott Hellewell before it could be cleared in the 52nd minute.
Walker had another effort saved before he ran on to Hobson’s pass to make it 4-1 in the 62nd minute, an incident which sparked Brigg into life and the hosts then saw Ryan Douglas fire wide and shots from Matt Graves and Douglas hit the top of the crossbar.
Lancaster then shot against a post for Knaresborough as he sought his hat trick and late on he also had an effort saved after a good run from substitute Ben Cohen.