Knaresborough Town see off Emley

Knaresborough Town's Liam Gray
Knaresborough Town's Liam Gray
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After conceding yet another early goal, Knaresborough Town came back to take the full points from the match against AFC Emley at Manse Lane.

Emley went ahead in the 8th minute when Tom Ryder failed to gather a left wing corner and Sam Jerome tapped over the line before defenders could clear.

Ben Clayton equalised in the 12th minute when he followed up as Graham Whitehead’s free kick was only parried by Emley goalkeeper, Danny Armitage.

Danny Wright fired over for Knaresborough and Liam Schofield hit a free kick wide for Emley before Knaresborough took the lead in the 28th minute.

A fine passing move down the right side of the field led to Liam Gray picking up possession some twenty five yards from goal and he moved forward before lashing a shot at goal which Armitage could only parry into the net.

Armitage then came to Emley’s rescue when he dived full length to push away a fine header from Will Lenehan following Wright’s corner.

The visitors started the second half much the better side and Tom Brown shot wide when he broke free of the defence.

Ryder made a good save to deny Schofield’s free kick but then Colin Heath broke clear at the other end only to see his shot blocked.

Lenehan then headed Whitehead’s corner against the crossbar, but when play broke to the other end, Ryder saved from Steve Kenworthy.

Heath shot wide after a great run from Nick Radcliffe and headed wide from Josh Garbutt’s centre as ‘Boro’ looked to put more distance between themselves and their opponents.

The situation became more tense as Ryder made an excellent save to his left, Aaron Joseph fired over and Schofield’s shot was again kept out by Ryder.

Three late chances fell the way of Josh Garbutt, but the first went wide, the second was blocked and the third saved by Armitage as the tension was extended right through to the referee’s whistle at the end of nearly five minutes of stoppage time.

Meanwhile Knaresborough reserves won 5-1 at Baildon Trinity Athletic thanks to a strong first half in which they took a four goal lead.

After a frustrating first twenty five minutes, a Craig Robinson penalty put Knaresborough ahead and, within another five minutes, Fraser Lancaster had added a second.

Lancaster added a third after 36 minutes and Edmore Murau made it 4-0 just before the break.

James Watson scored his first goal for the club in the 76th minute before Daniel Milner headed a late consolation for Baildon.

On Saturday, Knaresborough travel to Dronfield United for the first time (Kick off 3.00 p.m.) while the reserves take on Boroughbridge Reserves in the semi final of the Harrogate & District F.A. Hulme Cup (Kick off 2.30 p.m.)

On Tuesday (November 19th), the first team travel to Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare in the second round of the League Cup (Kick off 7.45 p.m.).