Second attempt at Boro derby

In the goals: Byron Littlefair
In the goals: Byron Littlefair

Knaresborough Town will be at full strength when neighbours Knaresborough Celtic head to Manse Lane for the rearranged Whitworth Cup tie on Tuesday (7.45pm).

A late equaliser denied Town three points in NCEL Division One as Brian Davey’s men were held 2-2 at Sheffield-based Dronfield Town.

Colin Heath’s brace then helped Davey’s men into the League Cup round three pot, beating Hemsworth Miners Welfare 2-1 on Tuesday.

Ahead of this Tuesday night’s landmark Whitworth Cup tie, tenth-placed ‘Boro host lowly Dinnington Town in the league on Saturday.

The Celtic clash will be the first time both Knaresborough clubs have gone into combat against each other.

The original game was postponed on November 12 owing to a waterlogged pitch.

And, with the club’s reserve side reaching the Harrogate & District’s Hulme Cup final, Town will play first team players to prevent any reserves being cup-tied.

Club spokesman Ian Pickles confirmed Town would go all guns blazing to earn silverware and not prioritise their league campaign.

Hesaid: “We want to win every cup we enter. Realistically, the Whitworth Cup is the one that we could win.

“Every game’s a priority for us.

“If you didn’t want a cup run, you wouldn’t enter the cup.”

Pickles said Saturday’s “disappointing” league draw at improving Dronfield was two points dropped rather than one gained.

A goalkeeping crisis left Town fielding first choice stopper Tom Ryder between the sticks, despite breaking his wrist in training.

But ‘Boro started excellently as Byron Littlefair opened the scoring inside 20 seconds with his first of the season, tapping home Graham Whitehead’s cross.

Dronfield struck the crossbar before equalising from the penalty spot 10 minutes short of the break.

Littlefair retook the lead on the hour as he nodded in Danny Wright’s right wing cross.

Colin Heath and Wright both missed chances to extend the advantage before Dronfield levelled in the fourth minute of injury-time despite a marvellous Ryder save in the build-up.

“The lads were disappointed as they knew they had chances to win it,” added Pickles.

Josh Garbutt and Will Lenehan missed the match but they could return for this Saturday’s fixture.

Dave Thomas could be suspended after picking up five yellow cards, but Blaine Hobson may return after illness.

Dinnington lie fourth bottom in Division One, but Pickles warned they would still be a handful.

He said: “There’s no walk-overs in this league. They are a resilient, tough team.

“We will have to be on guard.”

Meanwhile Knaresborough reserves won through to the final of the Harrogate & District FA Hulme Cup after beating Boroughbridge reserves in 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

The semi ended 1-1 after extra time, Fraser Lancaster scoring for Town after 67 minutes.

Lancaster also scored his spotkick, as other successful attempts from Tom Bainbridge, Tom Beasley and Mark Baranovsky settled the tie.