Late header denies town vital victory

Knaresborough Town were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Yorkshire Amateur in a game which saw both sides having strong periods, but neither being able to snatch a winner.

‘Boro’ had much of the early play with Ben Joyce, Toby Lees, George Eustance and Fraser Lancaster all having chances either wide or saved.

The team was also unsettled by two early cautions which set the tone for a contest which was always competitive.

Craig Heard headed wide from a corner on his return to Manse Lane but soon Knaresborough pressed again and Lees headed over and Suwara Bojang saved well from Dan McDaid.

The opening goal arrived in the 42nd minute when Bojang could only parry a Eustance shot and Fraser Lancaster was able to force the rebound home.

Before the break another Lancaster shot flew wide and immediately after half-time, Jack Rushworth saved well at the feet of Joel Hughes.

A right wing centre was then allowed to pass right through the danger area and Carl Heard slammed home at the far post, again on his return to Manse Lane.

McDaid headed wide and Lees lobbed over the top before another Hughes effort was saved by Rushworth and then a block from Ally Wilson saw the ball cleared.

Tom Clare, just on the field as substitute for Wilson, headed in McDaid’s free-kick in the 83rd minute, but rather than control the remainder of play, the home side seemed nervous and Tom Rose headed in a right wing free-kick to level the match again in the 88th minute.

Play moved to the other end and Eustance brought a magnificent save from Bojang before the goalkeeper also denied Joel Freeston to retain a point for his side.

Meanwhile the reserves picked up from a sound performance in mid-week as they defeated Shelley 5-2 away from home.

Pride Chikosha equalised after an early home goal and a penalty from Michael Harper made it 2-1 at half-time.

After Shelley made it 2-2. Two quick goals from Chikosha not only saw the side 4-2 up, but gave the youngster his first senior hat-trick.

Joe Nolan marked his debut by hitting the fifth to seal a fine victory.

On Saturday, Knaresborough travel to Hebburn Town on Tyneside for the FA Vase match against their Northern League Division Two opponents (kick- off 3pm).