Boro’ primed for Gers clash

hsb  Jim Bradley playing for Knaresborough Town against Westella Hanson.   (130907M5a)
hsb Jim Bradley playing for Knaresborough Town against Westella Hanson. (130907M5a)

Knaresborough Town hope to maintain NCEL Division One momentum when they host Hall Road Rangers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Boro’ sit two places and four points above Rangers, and are on a six-match unbeaten run, extended by last Saturday’s confident 3-1 victory over rock bottom Louth Town.

And, free of injuries and suspensions, Boro’ hope to consolidate their place in the top ten ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule.

Club spokesman Ian Pickles told the ‘Post: “The league positions suggest there is not a lot between the teams.

“We’re expecting a pretty tough game, when we drew there 1-1 at the end of September we played them off the park but it took us time to score.

“But our form of late has been much better.”

Manager Brian Davey will welcome Josh Garbutt and Jim Bradley back into the side, after they missed the Louth match through illness and suspension respectively.

Pickles said: “It is important that we have won the last two games with crucial players missing.”

Also slotting into the side could be new signing Phil Myles. Former Harrogate Railway academy man Myles can play up front or on the wing.

He could be joined by Boro’ fans’ favourite Seb Carole.

Former Leeds United star Carole spent time at Bury and Guiseley last season, but is now setting up a football academy in Wetherby, and, after spending time training with Boro’, returned to action on Saturday.

Pickles expects him to stay in the side.

He said: “Seb is a great footballer, and he will be a good role model for the young players. Hopefully we will be seeing a bit more of him now.”

Carole found the net two minutes from the end on Saturday, adding to a George Eustance strike in the 64th minute.

It was Boro’s star man Colin Heath who put the home side ahead after ten minutes, his seventh goal in four matches.

Pickles said: “Colin is playing with a lot more confidence. He has taken on more responsibility since Steve Bromley went to Railway, and he seems to be enjoying that.”

Reflecting on the match, he said: “The performance wasn’t startling in the first half but we got the three points and that is to be congratulated.

l Boro’s reserves beat Altofts 2-1, and travel to Sherburn White Rose this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).