Boldon CA (H) FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; Sam Kilner, James Beaston (Cole Wildin), Eddie Cass, Harry Lee; Jack Carr, Brad Walker, Ben Parkes (Joe Navier), Cameron Bedford (Jack Emmett), Dom Creamer; Nathan Cartman. Subs. (not used): Brett Smith, Gregg Anderson, Alex Marsh, Sam Cook.
Boldon CA: George Briggs; Ben Heeley, Gabriel Bada, Christopher Tarn (Christopher Hunter), Jonathan Bainbridge, Aaron Williams, Dario Dos Santos, Luke Collins (Rhys Clish), Alfa Umaro Djalo, Levi Collins, Stephen Wilkinson (Stephen Graham). Subs. (not used): Max Weston-Hannah, Charlie Raby, Adam Miller, Dylan Boddy.
Knaresborough Town moved through to the first round proper of the Isuzu FA Vase competition after a 5-2 victory over Northern Leaguers, Boldon Community Association on Saturday.
Cameron Bedford fired an early shot wide for Knaresborough, but it was the visitors from Wearside who took the lead when Levi Collins broke clear of the defence to finish coolly in the 12th minute.
Four minutes later, a hand-ball awarded Knaresborough a penalty which was dispatched by Ben Parkes for his first goal of the season.
Harry Lee shot over and Tommy Brown had to be alert to save from Alfa Umaro Djalo.
Eddie Cass then slammed a shot against the underside of the crossbar and Nathan Cartman saw his shot saved from the rebound by George Briggs in the Boldon goal.
Cartman then got the ball past the keeper, but a defender cleared before a Cass header was saved before the break.
Within a minute of the restart, Knaresborough went ahead when Cartman lobbed home after his first effort was saved.
Parkes then had a header against the bar and a second over before Collins’ run set up Stephen Wilkinson to level the score in the 54th minute.
Cartman was wide and Luke Collins hit over for Boldon and then Cartman hit over from close range.
Both sides had made substitutions and one of the new players, Jack Emmett, wriggled his way into the area before being tripped. With Parkes now off the field, Cartman took over responsibilities and made it 3-2 in the 77th minute.
Emmett then crossed from the right side for Dom Creamer to head the fourth and, after Jack Carr’s fine effort was tipped over by Briggs, Joe Navier scored from his third attempt following the corner kick form the right side.
Boldon were left frustrated by the three quick strikes which left the home side with a slightly flattering three goal margin, but it was Knaresborough who progressed.
Full Time - Knaresborough Town 5 Boldon CA 2
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Penistone Church (H)
Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; Cole Wildin, Gregg Anderson (Alex Marsh), Eddie Cass, Brett Smith (Harry Lee); Jack Carr (Sam Kilner), George Thewlis (Ben Parkes), James Beaston, Cameron Bedford, Dom Creamer (Joe Navier); Nathan Cartman.
Penistone Church: Harry Ambler; Tom Charlesworth, Daniel Howes, Edward Newsome (Reece High), James Stafford, Thomas Brennan, Jordan Coduri, Lennon O’Grady, Nathan Keightley, Kieran Ryan, Antony Brown. Subs. (not used): Dale Brettoner, Alfie Bakes, Sam Hackett, Christopher Snaith.
Knaresborough Town were beaten for the third time in the last four games thanks to a blitz in the first half an hour from visitors, Pensitone Church on Saturday.
Antony Brown fired two shots wide for Penistone in the first three minutes, but it was Knaresborough who took the lead in the fifth minute when Dom Creamer crossed from the left for Nathan Cartman to control, turn and fire home a fine shot.
Penistone pressed immediately and Brown crossed for Nathan Keightley to fire home in the seventh minute.
The home defence was in disarray and in the very next minute, the ball was not cleared and Tom Charlesworth was on hand to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
In the fifteenth minute, that lead became 3-1 when Brown leapt highest to head home a right wing corner and in the 26th minute Kieran Ryan fired low across goal for Keightley to tap home the fourth Penistone strike.
Home supporters were both amazed and confused at the state of the game, but gradually their team settled and Creamer smashed a shot against the crossbar and then Cameron Bedford crossed low from the left for Jack Carr to fire home in the 38th minute.
Ryan fired another shot over before half time before Bedford shot against a post immediately after the break and Carr was wide from the follow up.
Kieghtley then fired over and Creamer had a shot kept out by Harry Ambler in the Church goal, but after the glut of goals in the first half, the second remained without further addition as Knaresborough failed to beat Penistone for the fifteenth time in the fifteen games contested between the sides since 2014.
Full Time - Knaresborough Town 2 Penistone Church 4
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Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; Cole Wildin (Harry Lee), Gregg Anderson, Eddie Cass, Brett Smith; Jack Carr (Joe Navier), George Thewlis (Alex Marsh), James Beaston, Cameron Bedford, Ewan Gregson; Nathan Cartman. Subs. (not used): Sam Kilner, Alex Ingham.
Hallam: Callum Yam; Jack Brownell, Robbie Start (Jamie Austin), Nicolantonio Degirolamo, Adam Blakeley, Brandon Bradley, Kieran Watson, Richard Patterson, Scott Ruthven (James Matthews), Danny Buttle (Iren Wilson), Ollie Fearon (Calum Ward).
Knaresborough Town were disappointed by a late Hallam equaliser on Tuesday evening, the goal costing them two points which would have proved hard-earned.
Knaresborough began the stronger with George Thewlis firing over and both Jack Carr and Cameron Bedford having shots by Callum Yam on his Hallam debut.
Tommy Brown then saved a header from Ollie Fearon and, after Ewan Gregson had his effort saved, Hallam’s Jack Brownell hit a fine shot against the post.
Gregson had a free kick saved by Yam before Jack Carr cleared from his own line a Hallam pressured the home goal late on in the half.
Carr then won a ball in the centre before feeding through for George Thewlis to beat Yam to the pass and roll a pass from the ground to Nathan Cartman who had an open goal to make it 1-0 in the 57th minute.
Gregson had two more efforts saved, but Hallam then pushed really hard for an equaliser with several shots just side of the mark and Brown saving well on two occasions.
After one such chance he threw the ball forward to launch down field, but Calum Ward had been crafty and stayed behind the stopper, timing his run to take the ball and turn it into the empty net in the fourth minute of added time.
A minute later, James Matthews broke through the back line and looked odds on to score the winner, but Brown made amends by tipping the goal-bound shot on to the top of the crossbar and saw the ball cleared before the final whistle blew.
Full Time - Knaresborough Town 1 Hallam 1
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Emley AFC (A)
Emley: Declan Lambton; Sam Pashley, Ross Hardaker, Alex Metcalfe, James Knowles, Jacob Kelly, Iyrwah Gooden, Joe Clegg (William Norcross), James Walshaw (Nathan Curtis), Reuben Jerome (Thomas Haigh), Donae Lawrence (Paul Walker). Sub. (not used): Jacob Kelly.
Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; Sam Kilner (Alex Marsh), James Beaston, Eddie Cass, Brett Smith; Jack Carr, Nathan Cartman, George Thewlis, Cameron Bedford, Dom Creamer (Ewan Gregson); Danny Edwards (Alex Ingham). Subs. (not used): Sam Lee, Cole Wildin.
Town produced another sub-standard showing on Friday night when they went down 2-0 at Emley.
The first chance fell to Knaresborough when Jack Carr’s effort from Eddie Cass’s knock back was saved by Declan Lambton and the same player was narrowly wide soon afterwards.
The home side then took control with Tommy Brown having to save from James Knowles and James Walshaw heading a good centre just wide.
Brown made a great double save to deny Walshaw again but in the tenth minute, a cross from the right was volleyed home by Iyrwah Gooden, a shot that looped just under the crossbar.
Brown denied Walshaw again before Nathan Cartman hit a free kick wide and Cameron Bedford had a shot saved.
Emley pressed again and when Gooden was brought down, Walshaw fired home the resultant penalty in the 29th minute.
Carr was then over before the break and Brown again saved well after it, this time from Alex Metcalfe.
Substitute Alex Ingham was denied by Lambton on his debut before Brown made the save of the match from William Norcross, but after James Beaston’s effort was cleared from the line, the game disintegrated for the visitors as firstly, Brett Smith was sin-binned and then Ewan Gregson was sent off as the home side carefully saw out the final minutes.
Full Time - Emley AFC 2 Knaresborough Town 0
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Eccleshill United (A)
Eccleshill United: Isaac Khan; Musab Aliya (Farris Khan), Benjamin Gordonm Etienne Sumalli, Musah Stamburi, Alex Laird, Zachary Sangster (Phillip Nkomo), Emmanuel Amole (Reagan Waud), Brice Ghussein, Lamin Janneh (Zidane Varela), Talent Ndlovu. Sub. (not used): Eddie Goodman.
Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; Sam Kilner, Gregg Anderson (Colin Heath), Eddie Cass, James Beaston; Nathan Cartman, George Thewlis (Jack Emmett), Jake Rose (Alex Marsh), Cameron Bedford (Aaron White), Dom Creamer; Danny Edwards. Subs. (not used): Sam Lee.
Knaresborough Town’s 100% record in league matches came to a frustrating end on Saturday with a below par performance at Eccleshill United which ended with a 2-1 defeat.
Brice Ghussein was allowed too much space in the tenth minute as he turned on a through ball to slot home a low shot to put the home side ahead.
Dom Creamer came close to levelling within two minutes when he headed Jake Rose’s corner against the crossbar and soon afterwards, George Thewlis was narrowly wide.
Eccleshill were soon back on the offensive and Alex Laird rose to head home a free kick to double the advantage in the 15th minute.
Eddie Cass headed over from another Rose corner but Tommy Brown then had to be alert to save from Ghussein.
Nathan Cartman was then pushed in the penalty area and Danny Edwards slammed home the spot kick on the half hour mark, but he was narrowly off target with his next chance just before the break when he headed wide from another corner.
Cameron Bedford fired over early in the second half after James Beaston headed a free kick back across goal and, as Knaresborough continued to press, Beaston was wide with a header and fellow-defender, Gregg Anderson had a header saved and a shot over the top.
Bedford hit wide as did Cartman with an overhead effort before Ghussein fired wide for Eccleshill in a rare attack.
Jack Emmett then volleyed against the top of the crossbar as Knaresborough’s good fortune petered away and it was left to Brown to deny Emmanuel Amole’s late effort to retain the single goal margin of defeat.