NCEL: Perfect Knaresborough Town notch up nine wins

Knaresborough Town's Colin Heath
Knaresborough Town's Colin Heath

Knaresborough Town capped a perfect March by stunning Bridlington Town on Monday night to book a second cup semi-final.

Brian Davey’s men won all eight of their fixtures last month to turnaround their season, conceding just three goals and scoring 23 in the process.

Boro moved into the NCEL Division One top five with a 4-0 triumph over basement side Appleby Frodingham on Saturday. But better was to come. Davey took his merry men to the coast on Monday to leave NCEL Premier club Bridlington Town in their wake as they reached the NCEL League Cup semi-finals.

“It’s certainly changed from flailing at the end of last month,” said club spokesman Ian Pickles. “We knew we weren’t far off from where we wanted to be.”

Town are still awaiting a date for their Whitworth Cup last four clash against Ripon City.

Senior stars Paul Stansfield, Matty Duerden and Liam Gray are doubts for Grimbsy Borough’s visit to Manse Lane this Saturday and the trip to Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Tuesday.

Boro were without the trio for Monday’s cup shock. But Colin Heath continued his fine run of scoring with a 28th minute strike that saw off the Seasiders 1-0 at Queensgate.

The Reds face a trip to Long Eaton United on April 16 after the semi-final draw was made on Tuesday.

Heanor Town will play Division One outfit Eccleshill United in the other semi-final.

Ahead of the draw, Pickles insisted the club would not get jitters facing any of team in their pursuit of silverware.

He said: “I don’t know a lot about Long Eaton, we have never played against them.

“We know all three left in the competition will be strong. Heanor have the top scorer in the leagues (Kieran Debrouwer) with 50 goals, Eccleshill have Mark Edwards who is one of the top scorers in our division. We are just happy to be in there with them.

“If the lads can perform like they did on Monday and against Garforth in round three, they won’t fear anybody.”

Heath also bagged a brace at Appleby. Blaine Hobson and Jim Bradley completed the rout in the second half.

The former Manchester United trainee has now scored 25 times this season and he netted nine goals in eight games in March.

“His confidence levels are right up there after that run,” added Pickles.

Meanwhile, goals from Seb Carole (2) and Edmore Marau helped Knaresborough reserves overcome Old Modernians 3-1 in another game vital to their West Yorkshire League Division One promotion hopes. The reserves play Pool at Manse Lane on Wednesday.