Rossington Main (H)
Knaresborough Town: Toby Wells; Brett Smith, Gregg Anderson, Sam Cook (James Beaston), Harry Lee; Jack Dyche (Ewan Gregson), George Thewlis (Brad Walker), Ben Parkes (Lewis Stephens), Jack Emmett, Dom Creamer; Danny Edwards. Sub. (not used): Phil Milsom.
Rossington Main: Jim Pollard; Paul Sherburn, Cody Prior, Joe Parkin, Cameron Hough, Greg Young, Farry Shepard, Bradley Grayson (Jordan Buckham), Manasse Kianga, Liam Hardy, Jack Harrison. Subs. (not used): Mitch Langton, Dec Slater, Freddy Allen, Tyler Bell.
Ten matches unbeaten, now followed by three successive defeats with, more worryingly, zero goals scored, as February brought a chill across the Knaresborough Town club.
Saturday’s 2-0 reverse at the feet of Rossington Main, who consolidated their position in the division’s play-off places, was the third of those games as Knaresborough struggled to match their determined guests.
Jack Dyche’s early header from Dom Creamer’s centre gave the home side some optimism, but Rossington soon countered and Liam Hardy was narrowly wide.
In the 25th minute, Hardy again came close as he headed towards goal, but somehow Gregg Anderson reached the net-bound ball and was able to clear over his own bar from within inches of the goal-line.
Toby Wells then tipped a Bradley Grayson free kick around the post to preserve the status quo before Cameron Hough headed over from a corner.
Knaresborough did push forward and George Thewlis had a low shot saved by Jim Pollard.
Wells again saved, this time from Manasse Kianga, before the half petered out after Creamer headed over from a right wing cross.
Creamer was again in action soon after the break as he broke clear, but was only able to fire wide of the post.
Rossington pressed and a cross from the left was headed back across the face of goal by Kianga and Hardy scored from close range in the 63rd minute to put the visitors ahead.
Danny Edwards fired just wide as Knaresborough sought to get back on terms, but it was Rossington who tied up the points when a fortuitous bounce near half way presented Kianga with a chance to break clear and the striker kept his cool to slip the ball past Wells in the 72nd minute.
Ewan Gregson hit a free kick against the top of the crossbar soon afterwards, but that was as close as Knaresborough got all day and it was Rossington who took the spoils as Cody Prior also struck to bar and Wells saved from Joe Parkin as the heavy rain arrived to complete the dismal day for the home side.
Full Time - Knaresborough Town 0 Rossington Main 2
Bottesford Town (H)
Knaresborough Town: Toby Wells; Brett Smith, Eddie Cass, Sam Cook, Phil Milsom (Harry Lee); Ewan Gregson (Jack Dyche), George Thewlis (Gregg Anderson), Ben Parkes, Lewis Stephens (Jack Emmett), Brad Walker (Dom Creamer); Danny Edwards. Subs. (not used): Cole Wildin, Colin Heath.
Bottesford Town: Jordan Quibell; Rinalds Jurkstis, Mason Chaffer, Eddie Rogerson, Josh Fawcett, Jack Griffin, Luke Ayris, Josh Eccles (Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood), Dan Walker (Blake Gregory), Josh Fraiwald, Charlie Dunkerley. Sub. (not used): Graeme Anderson.
Having seen their long unbeaten run come to an end seven days previously, the team laboured for long periods from the start of Saturday’s defeat by Bottesford and only began to string a game together in the final quarter of the match and were then unable to break down a determined visiting outfit.
Luke Ayris was wide for Bottesford in the very first minute, but Sam Cook then headed wide at the other end from one of a number of Ewan Gregson corner kicks.
Ben Parkes forced Jordan Quibell to tip over his shot sum cross before Toby Wells was called into action to deny Dan Walker’s free kick.
Brad Walker then broke clear for Knaresborough, but Quibell saved and then kept out Lewis Stephens’ follow up.
Knaresborough then surrendered possession in the centre of the field and the referee played a fine advantage to allow Josh Fraiwald to run free and fire a shot inside the far post to open the scoring in the 36th minute.
The home side were frustrated for the remainder of the half and long range efforts were way off the target on several occasions.
The first good move of the game saw Ben Parkes fire just over from a Danny Edwards pass, but as frustrations grew, Walker headed over at the other end from and Ayris cross.
Having made several substitutions, Knaresborough did manage to string some better moves and Quibell saved from Jack Dyche, who had entered for his debut.
Edwards was then wide following Dom Creamer’s run and centre and Dyche was just wide as he stepped beyond the defence.
Knaresborough continued to press for an equaliser and Creamer’s cross was missed by everyone, Dyche had another effort saved and Parkes had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside before three players failed to convert another Creamer cross.
The best opening was, however, at the other end as Ayris broke free and brought a fine save from Wells who kept the score to one as his team-mates failed to grab what would have been a deserved leveller.
Full Time - Knaresborough Town 0 Bottesford Town 1
Albion Sports (A)
Albion Sports: Kyle Trennery; Kareem Hassan-Smith, Helmo Silva (Miguel Valsau), Owen Murphy, Aran Basi, Ash Flynn (Lewis Waddington), Robbie Fox (Kamron Basi), Hass Gorji (Yahaya Tunkara), Ellis Wade (Jamie Allsop), Emerson Cox, Eisa Faulding.
Knaresborough Town: Toby Wells; Brett Smith, James Beaston, Eddie Cass, Phil Milsom (Aaron White); Ewan Gregson, George Thewlis, Ben Parkes (Lewis Stephens), Brad Walker, Dom Creamer (Rob Guilfoyle); Danny Edwards. Subs. (not used): Cole Wildin, Colin Heath.
The run of ten unbeaten matches stretching back to November 11th came to a stuttering end at Albion Sports who were easily worth their 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Knaresborough defence seemed to be distracted by an injury to full back Brett Smith in the 7th minute and allowed Ashley Flynn time to turn and fire home with the help of a deflection and set the home side on their way.
Toby Wells save a second Flynn effort soon afterwards, but was beaten again in the 27th minute when Robbie Fox broke down the left side and hit a shot across the face of goal.
Eddie Cass headed oved from a Ewan Gregson free kick a Knaresborough looked to claw their way back, but Albion looked dangerous and Fox was wide following another corner kick.
Late in the half Gregson shot wide of the far post after good work from Dom Creamer, James Beaston headed wide and then a Danny Edwards shot was saved by Kyle Trennery in the home goal.
Soon after half time, Edwards volleyed from outside the area, but his dipping shot scraped the top of the crossbar.
The same player was wide from Gregson cross from the left and a weak Brad Walker effort was saved following a fine passing move.
Albion were always strong and Fox headed over and the final chance fell to Edwards who again failed to get the better of Trennery as the home side continued to look solid
Full Time - Albion Sports 2 Knaresborough Town 0
Knaresborough Town: Toby Wells; James Beaston, Eddie Cass, Sam Cook, Phil Milsom; Ewan Gregson (Rob Guilfoyle), Lewis Stephens (Jack Emmett), Ben Parkes, George Thewlis (Harry Lee), Brad Walker (Dom Creamer); Danny Edwards. Sub. (not used): Cole Wildin.
Handsworth: Dylan Parkin; Thomas Cropper, Michael Trench (Brandon Bagley), Sam Fewkes, Owen Haigh, Jonathan Williams, Alfie Dodsworth (Matthew Ord), Masai Arbouin (Mitch Carlton), Aaron Moxam, Mason Barlow (Henry Carne), Leon Howarth. Sub. (not used): Tom Crosby.
After two postponed matches, the first team returned to action with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Handsworth on Saturday.
Handsworth began strongly with Leon Howarth firing just wide and Toby Wells having to be alert, on his debut, to save from Alfie Dodsworth before Howarth, so often a thorn in past Knaresborough sides, curled another shot against a post.
Knaresborough then went ahead in the 16th minute in their first meaningful attack when a ball down the left looked to have been dealt with, but a back pass left the ball short and George Thewlis chased down to round Dylan Parkin and tapping home.
A few minutes later, Sam Cook headed a Ewan Gregson corner against the crossbar and saw the danger cleared before Lewis Stephens had a shot saved by Parkin.
It was into the second half before another real effort as a Brad Walker flick was saved and Thewlis hit over.
Another Walker effort was denied before the visitors levelled in the 55th minute when a cross from the right was turned past Wells by James Beaston as he tried to clear.
Eddie Cass fired over from close range and Jack Emmett’s effort was saved, but the best chance fell at the other end as Owen Haigh headed wide from very close range when left free.
That miss proved costly as Knaresborough regained the advantage in the 75th minute when Danny Edwards mishit his shot from the edge of the area, but the ball bobbled just as Parkin looked to gather it. The result was a loop over the keeper’s arms and in to the goal.
A massive scramble in the penalty area saw Knaresborough preserve the lead and Ben Parkes then headed over before Handsworth full back, Thomas Cropper brought down Dom Creamer and was sent off.
Jack Emmett fed the ball through for Edwards to run on and round Parkin for the third and the same pair combined to set Creamer away to make it four in the 89th minute.
Owen Haigh pulled on e back for Handsworth in the firth minute of time added, but the gloss could not be taken from a fine victory.
Full Time - Knaresborough Town 4 Handsworth 2
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Emley AFC (H)
Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; James Beaston, Eddie Cass, Gregg Anderson, Phil Milsom; Brad Walker, Lewis Stephens, Ben Parkes (Ewan Gregson), George Thewlis (Rob Guilfoyle), Dom Creamer; Danny Edwards. Subs. (not used): Sam Cook, Alex Marsh.
Emley: Declan Lambton; Sam Pashley, Ross Hardaker (James Eyles), Alex Metcalfe, Charlie Barks, Jack Cowgill, Thomas Haigh (Joe Clegg (Donae Lawrence)), Joseph Kenny (Paul Walker), Ruben Jerome, Iyrwah Gooden, James Walshaw. Sub. (not used): Nathan Curtis.
The opening game of the New Year saw a competitive match with high-flying Emley at Manse Lane where a late goal sent the visitors home with a point, but with more grumbles than many a side has taken from the Town showing a very poor attitude toward their hosts and the officials.
A first minute corner saw Tommy Brown save from James Walshaw’s header before a late tackle from Danny Edwards sent the visitors off on a rant which continued to sour the game.
It was Edwards who opened the scoring in the tenth minute when he slammed home after James Beaston played the ball back across the area after a corner.
Edwards had a second shot saved before Brown was called upon to deny Iyrwah Gooden at the other end.
A free kick from Emley’s Alex Metcalfe then struck the face of the crossbar and was cleared before Jack Cowgill sent the ball wide from a right wing centre.
A late header from the same played then flew wide as the half was extended by seven minutes due to three injuries, two of those suggested by Emley to be time-wasting by the home side!!
The league pace-setters, who have also reached the fourth round of the prestigious FA Vase competition, grew increasing frustrated at their inability to level the score and a yellow card was brandished to the bench area.
James Walshaw of Emley then made a rash challenge as Brown gathered the ball and was sent off, another decision amazingly disputed by Emley whose manager was also dismissed.
Eddie Cass made a great block to keep out a shot from Sam Pashley and Ruben Jerome fired wide when well-placed.
As Emley went for the equaliser, the game became more open and Dom Creamer’s weak effort nearly added to the home tally.
The leveller did arrive in the 88th minute when a misunderstanding in the home defence allowed Jerome to chest the ball home to the delight of the large Emley following.
Knaresborough then almost caught their opponents on two occasions, but delivered the wrong pass at crucial times and it was left to Brown to make a final save to retain the point which was well-earned, even though the West Yorkshire account reads a very different story!