Handsworth: Dylan Parkin; Tom Cropper, Michael Trench (Craig Nelthorpe), Sam Fewkes, Henry Carne, Johno Williams, Alfie Dodsworth (Mason Barlow), Masal Arbouin, Kieran Wells (Craig Mitchell), Tom Bishop, Bradon Bagley (Aaron Moxam). Sub. (not used): Owen Haigh.

Knaresborough Town: Tommy Brown; Brett Smith, Cole Wildin, Eddie Cass, Harry Lee; Joe Navier (Sam Cook), Brad Walker, Cameron Bedford (George Thewlis), Jack Emmett (Aaron White), Jack Carr; Nathan Cartman. Subs. (not used): Sam Kilner, Jake Rose.

Knaresborough Town defied the odds to take a well-earned point from their visit to Handsworth on Wednesday, but were left to rue what might have been as they did control long periods of the game, and with a little more clinical finishing could have earned all the spoils.

With the wind at their backs, Knaresborough pressed early on and Jack Carr was narrowly wide before Jack Emmett saw his fine effort tipped over by Dylan Parkin.

Tommy Brown then saved a volley from Masal Arbouin at the other end before Knaresborough went ahead in the 18th minute when Eddie Cass knocked down a right wing corner and Nathan Cartman turned to knock the ball home.

Brown saved a low Alfie Dodsworth free kick but Knaresborough went close through Carr, whose shot was saved and Cartman who fired over.

Disaster then struck as Kieran Wells broke free for Handsworth only to be brought down by Cole Wildin’s 31st minute tackle, but the defender failed to reach the ball and was sent from the field.

The side continued to press and Cartman’s free kick was saved as was a curling effort from Carr before the ten men conceded a penalty just before the break.

The ball was running towards the edge of the area, but Joe Navier’s clumsy challenge brought down the attacker and Alfie Dodsworth dispatched the penalty.

Sam Cook replaced Navier at the break as Knaresborough re-shuffled their line-up, but Handsworth rarely troubled Brown’s goal with a Brandon Bagley shot being the only one to require a save until very late on.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Knaresborough almost pulled off the surprise victory in the 89th minute, when Parkin saved well from Cartman’s free kick and substitute, Aaron White’s follow up shot was also pushed wide.

Seven minutes of added time also failed to separate the sides, though Handsworth were also reduced to ten men when substitute, Craig Mitchell, was also sent off in the final minute for a late challenge on Brett Smith.

Full Time - Handsworth 1 Knaresborough Town 1

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