NCEL: Knaresborough Town march on and eye cup semi

Knaresborough Town v Teversal pic by Craig Dinsdale
Knaresborough Town v Teversal pic by Craig Dinsdale

Knaresborough Town will hunt a sixth straight win away at Appleby Frodingham this weekend, before bidding for a League Cup semi-final place on Monday.

Brian Davey’s troops overcame a stubborn Teversal outfit 4-0 at Manse Lane on Saturday with two goals in each half after a relatively slow start to the NCEL Division One contest.

Tuesday then brought a superb 5-1 win against Yorkshire Amateur, with Colin Heath, Dom Wilson, Jim Bradley, Byron Littlefair all on target plus an Amateur own goal.

On paper, rock-bottom Appleby present Boro with a decent opportunity for three more points, while NCEL Premier side Bridlington Town offer a much stiffer challenge in Monday’s quarter-final (7.45pm).

But club spokesman Ian Pickles is wary of a possible banana skin at the strugglers and says Knaresborough must take the positivity of last Saturday into this next encounter.

“We lost at Appleby last year in possibly the worst game of the season,” he said.

“On paper we should be looking at a win but you can’t ever take league positions for granted.

“You always have to be wary against these teams and we’ll have to play as positively as we did against Teversal.”

Colin Heath’s half-volley opened Knaresborough’s account on Saturday, before Blaine Hobson volleyed in a second in the 41st minute.

After half time, George Eustance hit the near post but made amends in the 56th minute when he knocked in a Byron Littlefair cross from close range.

Heath hit the crossbar before setting up Dominic Wilson to make it 4-0 after 64 minutes in front of a healthy crowd of 140.

Meantime, Monday night’s cup trip to Bridlington is generating a lot of interest, and the club have booked a coach to the east coast.

“We’re not going to win Division One this year but we’re still in this competition and we’re one of just two Division One sides left, so we want to challenge,” said Pickles.

“We know Bridlington are mid-table and have a very good name over the years what with their FA Vase exploits, but other than that we don’t know much about them.

“Hopefully we’ll take a decent support over and if anyone wants a seat on the coach that’s going, they should contact a committee member.”

However, the first team’s exploits could possibly take a back seat this weekend to that of Knaresborough’s reserves, who are battling it out for promotion to the West Yorkshire League Premier.

Davey is juggling his squad to make sure the reserves are given the best shot possible at winning their next two games.

The reserves drew 1-1 at leaders Ilkley on Saturday, Seb Carole netting for Knaresborough with a second-minute volley.

They hosted Featherstone Colliery last night after the Post went to press.

If that game ended in victory, the reserves will now sit second in the table ahead of Saturday’s hosting of Old Modernians, who were just three points behind.

“Ilkley was a critical point in terms of staying in there so we want to make sure they stay in the best possible position to win promotion, and give them that chance,” said Pickles.

“That means juggling two decent teams this weekend. If they can keep Old Mods at bay they’re in with a good chance.”