Tommy Brown; Sam Kilner, James Beaston, Eddie Cass, Harry Lee (Cole Wildin); Ewan Gregson, George Thewlis (Jack Emmett), Jake Rose (Gregg Anderson), Cameron Bedford (Nathan Cartman), Dom Creamer; Danny Edwards. Sub. (not used): Colin Heath.

Golcar United: Samuel Kelly; Alfie Gibbon, Leon Henry, Daniel Naidole, Adam Field, Joseph Skarz, Slater Barkham-Barnes, Oliver Willitts (Nathan Woodward), Buddy Cox (Akram Lasalive), Oliver Russon (Lee Bradshaw), Malakai Phillip. Subs not used: Harry Stead, Danny Stocker.

Knaresborough Town were made to fight all the way to the three points by a gritty Golcar side which played with only ten men for over half of the match, but pushed the home side all the way.

It was Golcar who took an early lead when Joe Skarz sent a curling free kick in from the right wing and the ball evaded everyone before settling in the corner of the net in the 2nd minute.

Ewan Gregson shot wide as did Danny Edwards twice as Knaresborough sought an equaliser, but Golcar were dangerous and Oliver Russon was just wide after a good run and cross from Malakai Phillip.

Cameron Bedford then did bundle home the leveller in the 26th minute after Gregson flung in a free kick from the right, but Golcar nearly regained the lead soon afterwards as a Buddy Cox effort rebounded from the upright.

Daniel Naidole hit over for Golcar before they had captain Joe Skarz sent off when he brought down Danny Edwards as the forward broke for goal.

Two minutes later, in the 39th minute, Knaresborough went in front when Edwards headed home powerfully from a Sam Kilner cross from the right and the half petered out with Tommy Brown saving from Salter Barkham-Barnes.

Cameron Bedford fired over when well-placed and Gregson then missed a sitter following Dom Creamer’s centre from the left.

Home followers were beginning to wonder whether those misses would cost their side when Barkham-Barnes fired in a powerful effort only to see Brown tip ove the crossbar.

The elusive third did arrive in the 73rd minute when Nathan Cartman headed a Ewan Gregson cross back across the goalkeeper and just inside the post, but in the very next attack, Naidole headed in a right wing cross to make it 3-2.

The match’s final shot saw Nathan Woodward fire across goal for Golcar as Knaresborough clung on to their advantage.

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