NCEL Football

hsb  Knaresborough Town v Harrogate Town. Ashley Atkinson.  (120714M4f)
hsb Knaresborough Town v Harrogate Town. Ashley Atkinson. (120714M4f)

Knaresborough Town welcome Yorkshire Amateur to Manse Lane on Saturday, looking to build on Bank Holiday Monday’s success in Grimsby and move further up the NCEL Division One table.

Brian Davey’s troops are nicely poised in seventh at the moment, having picked up three points from Monday’s 2-0 win at Grimsby Borough.

They may have been further up the division had it not been for a frustrating turn of events on Saturday.

Teversal were due to travel north but an accident on the A1-M1 meant they were stuck on the motorway and the referee was forced to postpone the match.

Frustrating stuff, but Knaresborough boss Davey wasn’t downhearted, especially given Monday’s result.

He’s looking forward to Saturday’s contest against some familiar faces.

“It should be good,” he said.

“Wayne Noteman’s the coach down there, and Dennis Metcalfe who was at Railway last year is with Yorkshire Amateur now so it could be a very interesting game.

“Hopefully we’ll have three or four people back for this game as we’ve without a few most of this season.

“Matt Duerden’s serving a one-match suspension but other than that we’ll be at full strength.

“Saturday was a bit frustrating but the ref had to call it off as only four turned up. T here’ll be a midweek replay at some point.

“Monday was a really good result for us, we kept it tight and we could have had a lot more, what with missing the penalty and a few other chances. I was pleased. Last week we didn’t take our chances, this week we did.”

With the first team on hold, Knaresborough Town reserves kept things rolling with a 4-2 win at Woodhouse Hill WMC in the West Yorkshire Second Division, thanks to an opening half hour in which Knaresborough went 3-0 up. John Chambers headed the opener after around ten minutes from a Ben King centre and midway through the half Mark Baranovsky headed the second from Craig Robinson’s free kick.

Robinson added the third on the half hour when he finished off a fine move from close range.

The home side pulled a goal back through Rob Rice just before half time, but Knaresborough restored their three goal advantage in the 46th minute when Jimmy Dawson knocked on a throw-in.

Within a few minutes Vaughan Frary made it 4-2 to end the scoring.The reserves travel to Mount St. Mary’s in the West Yorkshire League this Saturday (kick off 2.30 pm).