Knaresborough Town: Maison Campbell; Cole Wildin, James Beaston, Eddie Cass, Harry Lee; Ewan Gregson, Brad Walker, Ben Parkes, Jack Carr (Alex Ingham), Dom Creamer; Lewis Stephens (Danny Edwards). Sub. (not used): Sam Kilner, Colin Heath, Phil Milsom.

Campion: Brad Emmerson; Emmerson Cox, Marcus Harper, Karl Fitzgerald, Sam Bradley, Robbie Graham, Aidan Kirby, Michael O’Brien (Aidan Day), Marcus Day (Mark Ferguson), Stephen Crawford, Nicky Boshell (Patrick Sykes). Subs. (not used): Joseph Colley, Gauderic Tota.

An improved performance, even with a number of significant changes to their ranks, produced a point against the league leaders, Campion at Manse Lane on Saturday and that return could easily have been three points with a little more good fortune.

Campion began the stronger and Marcus Day fired wide after the ball was allowed to bounce on the edge of the penalty area.

Knaresborough did, however, take a tenth minute lead when Lewis Stephens chested home from close range from Ewan Gregson’s cross from the right wing.

Maison Campbell, on a short-term loan from York City, then marked his debut with a fine save at the feet of Day as the striker looked favourite to level the score.  

Gregson then broke clear at the other end of the field but his shot was beaten away by Brad Emmerson in the Campion goal.

Campion did equalise in the 53rd minute when Day’s back heel pass sent Stevie Crawford free and he slotted past Campbell and it was the visitors who looked the more likely to add to their score until Stephens was brought down and Knaresborough were awarded the penalty. Ewan Gregson saw his shot saved low to Emmerson’s right and Jack Carr was unable to keep his follow up effort from going over the top.

The inevitable then occurred as often happens, as, within two minutes, Campion broke to the other end and Aidan Kirby finished a fine series of passes to put his side ahead.

Six minutes later, Knaresborough won a corner on the left and Gregson again supplied the cross for Stephens to head home at the front post to make it 2-2.

Far from being overawed, it was the home side who finished the stronger as Emmerson needed to be alert to tip over Alex Ingham’s header and then watch on as Cole Wildin’s header glanced off the top of the crossbar.

Campbell did need to be on guard and he made late saves from Patric Sykes and Aidan Day to ensure his side left with a well-deserved point form a keenly contested match.

Full Time - Knaresborough Town 2 Campion AFC 2

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