Boro return to winning ways

hsb  Dave Thomas playing for Knaresborough Town against Westella Hanson.   (130907M5d)
hsb Dave Thomas playing for Knaresborough Town against Westella Hanson. (130907M5d)

Knaresborough Town are back in the winning groove in the NCEL First Division.

Brian Davey’s troops followed last Wednesday’s 3-1 dismissal of Eccleshill United with Saturday’s 2-1 win at Teversal.

The victories halted a dismal run of form for Brian Davey’s troops, who then won 4-2 at Rossington Main on Tuesday to go 12th in the table.

Liam Gray, Blaine Hobson, Jim Bradley and Eddie Murau scored the goals.

Boro welcome Appleby Frodingham to Manse Lane on Saturday, as they continue their rise up the table

They then visit Rossington for the second time in a week on Tuesday, to play in the second round of the League Cup (7.45pm).

A Colin Heath double in the 50th and 74th minutes plus a Steve Bromley strike with a minute to go handed Boro three points at Eccleshill, kick-starting their return to form last Wednesday.

“It was a case of getting that bit of luck, and that arrived last week when we beat Eccleshill United last Wednesday,” said secretary Ian Pickles.

“Just after they’d equalised they had another chance, where the ball hit the bar, was headed off the line and then hit over the bar.

“It could have gone it but didn’t, and after that we scored two more goals to get the three points.

“We’ve just got to keep building on it. Our place in the table looks a lot more respectable now but it was crucial we won on Saturday as most of the sides below also won.”

Goalkeeper Tom Ryder is expected to stay in the squad from now onwards and is likely to feature this weekend.

Midfielder Paul Stansfield was injured at Eccleshill and could be a doubt for the Appleby match.

Steve Bromley’s dual registration is likely to see him turn out for Harrogate Railway, although he could appear in Tuesday’s League Cup second round at Rossington.

While the league remains Boro’s priority, Knaresborough are aiming to stay in the running for as much cup success as possible.

“If we did manage a run it’s extra revenue for the club, and it means the season won’t fizzle out from Saturday to Saturday,” said Pickles.

“We’re assured of another Division One club in the next round if we make it through. And we’ve still got the County Cup against Ossett Albion and then the Whitworth Cup match with Knaresborough Celtic, so there’s plenty of opportunity to do well.

“We’ll take it as it comes but we want to win anything we can. The longer you’re in these competitions, the better it is for the club.”

On Saturday, Will Lenehan had an early header saved before Teversal hit back and Sean Gregory fired wide and then forced Tom Ryder to save well.

Murau had a shot saved after another Lenehan header and the same player forced another save from Ryan Brooks with a header from Danny Wright’s corner.

Murau’s next chance was cleared from the line before the home side went ahead two minutes before half time.

A Callum Pursglove centre from the left looked to be covered, but Mark Robinson got there first to add to his five goals of the previous week when Teversal won 11-3 at Louth Town.

Within a minute, Knaresborough were level when Gray was tripped in the box by Kristian Witcombe, allowing Colin Heath to score from the penalty spot.

In the second half, Knaresborough produced more chances and, after an early save by Tom Ryder from Pursglove, Teversal attempts were pretty rare.

Bradley fired wide and Hobson forced Brooks to push his shot on to a post before Dave Thomas had a fine shot deflected wide.

David Cockerill’s shot over the bar proved costly for Teversal as Boro managed the winner in the 71st minute.

A long throw from Nick Radcliffe was glanced on by Hobson, but the ball hit a defender’s head and ended in the back of the net.

Further chances fell to Hobson and Byron Littlefair, but Knaresborough were well worth their narrow victory.

Meanwhile Knaresborough Town reserves progressed to the next round of the Harrogate & District FA Hulme Cup with a 4-1 victory over Ripon City Reserves.

Tom Beasley’s first goal for the club opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Fraser Lancaster doubled the advantage in the 32nd.

Craig Robinson made it 3-0 in the 51st minute and after Lancaster added a fourth 20 minutes from time the result was safe.

A late free kick from Bhanda Cessay gave Ripon a consolation with six minutes to play.

The reserves travel to Wyke Wanderers on Saturday (Kick off 2.30pm).