Knaresborough Town duo sign off with cup double

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Knaresborough Town capped a memorable season off by collecting the Whitworth Cup on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Colin Heath, Danny Wright and an own goal overpowered old foes Boroughbridge 3-1 at Harrogate Railway’s Station View ground (full report page 101).

Having already picked up the League Cup, and risen to a highest place finish in the NCEL Division One, Town topped off their season in style.

The victory also gave assistant manager Paul Stansfield and defender Dave Thomas a pleasant parting gift, after both players announced they were retiring last week.

Stansfield has decided to step down due to family commitments and his replacement as assistant manager has yet to be made known.

Boss Brian Davey paid credit to his right-hand man for inspiring the team on and off the pitch to this season’s successes.

He said: “One of the biggest things that has helped us this year is having a good set of lads.

“Dave’s been here for years. He has been a fantastic servant at this club.

“Stanny has been fantastic for us. It’s just a shame he’s retiring but everyone understands why he’s retiring.

“He’s still going to be part of the club.

“He loves it.

“We need to make sure the signings we get aren’t just young kids, they are the likes of Stanners who know what to do and get in the referee’s face.

“It’s about tweaking what we have done this year so we can have a good go at promotion next year.”

Town’s reserves are now under pressure to complete the celebrations this Saturday when they can seal promotion to the West Yorkshire Premier.

Jeff Wells’ second-string battle fifth-placed Wyke Wanderers at Manse Lane (kick-off 2.30pm), knowing a victory would secure them a rise into the tier below the first team.

Wells said he would draft a few first team players into his squad but he would “not go too mad.”

“Sometimes you lose the consistency but we have a couple of guys away, so we will have two or three,” he said.

“Were we expecting to get promotion this season? No, definitely not.

“Are we going to? Of course we are.

“My remit at the beginning of the season was to get some youth into the team because we were very thin on the ground, and that’s what I did.

“The majority are 16 or 17 years old. But they have had no fear factor and they have just played out of their skins.”

Wells said the outcome would be crucial to raise funds for the club. “To have two teams in the sixth and seventh tier of the pyramid would be great,” he added.