NCEL: Nine-star Knaresborough Town seek final place

hsb  Knaresborough v Hemsworth. Matt Duerden  (140125M2c)
hsb Knaresborough v Hemsworth. Matt Duerden (140125M2c)

Red-hot Knaresborough Town will head into their League Cup semi-final next week brimming with confidence.

Town travel to Long Eaton United on Wednesday night, hoping to repeat the giant-killings claimed against Bridlington Town and Garforth Town already this season.

The East Midlands outfit have endured a mixed campaign in NCEL Premier and lie in 11th, narrowly above both of Boro’s previous conquests.

And, with Town hitting their richest vein of form of the season, after notching up their ninth league win in a row on Saturday, he club’s supporters are dreaming of a final spot.

Club spokesman Ian Pickles said: “Nobody remembers a semi-finalist.

“You need to be in the final and then you get some reward from it.

“We have go to the semis by playing some very good football against good sides and the luck has come our way.

“We don’t know anything about them, but we didn’t about Garforth or Bridlington either.

“There’s an element that not knowing about a side is beneficial. We know it’s going to be tough.”

The Reds saw off Grimbsy Boro 2-1 in front of more than 150 supporters at home on Saturday.

Boro took the lead into the break before Colin Heath continued his fine run of scoring with a 26th of the season to level straight after the break.

Blaine Hobson then scored the winner on 58 minutes before Boro were reduced to ten men when Seb Carole received a second yellow.

After Tuesday night’s clash at promotion hunting Shaw Lane Aquaforce fell foul to the wet weather, Boro will look for a tenth successive win at AFC Emley on Saturday.

The match will kick-off at an adjusted time of 3.07pm to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was officially abandoned at 3.07pm, five minutes after play was halted.

“Emley asked if they could be part of it being in the Sheffield area and we were happy to take part,” said Pickles.

Emley sit in tenth in NCEL Division One, three places below Boro, but are unbeaten in their last four matches.

Knaresborough beat the South Yorkshire side 2-1 at home earlier this season.

Centre-back Matt Duerden is Boro’s main injury concern ahead of the contest.

“Emley are always a good side and they are not far from us in the league,” he added.

“The ground is fairly exposed. If the weather is blowing, it can be a fairly difficult place to travel to.”

Meanwhile, Boro Reserves continued their promotion assault last night against Pool, after the Post went to press.

Jeff Wells’ second-placed men play top of the league Robin Hood Athletic on Saturday.