Knaresborough progress in the FA Cup after fantastic win over Kendal Town
Knaresborough Town (4) 7 Kendal Town (1) 3
Team: Jack Rushworth; Dan Thirkell (Matt Donnelly), Gregg Anderson, Will Lenehan, Greg Kidd (Sam Cook); Rob Youhill, Ben Parkes, Brad Walker, Rob Worrall, Josh Garbutt; Nick Black (Ben Cohen). Subs.(not used): Dom Wilson, Steve Bromley, Jimmy Carlton, Liam Corbett.
After all the euphoria of seeing the Emirates FA Cup trophy at Manse Lane on Thursday evening, Knaresborough Town may have been forgiven the shaky start to Saturday’s First Round Qualifying tie at home to Kendal Town, but what followed will sit long in the memories of all their followers as they came from behind to progress to the next round after a 7-3 success.
Kendal split open the home defence in their opening attack in the second minute and Mark Buchan was able to squeeze a low shot just inside the post before many of the spectators had made it into the ground.
Josh Garbutt fired wide, but then Knaresborough won a free kick wide on the right. Rob Worrall curled the kick towards goal and the ball flicked the head of a defender to beat Stuart Dixon for an 18th minute equaliser.
Jack Rushworth then tipped over another Buchan shot soon afterwards, but then Worrall played Brad Walker through in the right and the striker was able to slam a shot high into the net in the 21st minute.
Four minutes later, Nick Black rose to head home a Rob Youhill centre to add the third and Black then turned provider as he spun superbly to avoid his marker and cross for Josh Garbutt to make it 4-1 by the 27th minute.
Rushworth saved again to deny a free kick from Bradley Carroll and Sam Staunton-Turner fired wide as Kendal threatened.
A late free kick from Ben Thomas was well blocked and he shot wide following the rebound before Stuart McDonald headed over as the visitors ended the half on the up.
Their pressure was rewarded five minutes into the second half when Carroll made space on the right side of the penalty area and fired home from a narrow angle.
Any Knaresborough nerves were soon eased as Will Lenehan headed on a Dan Thirkell free kick and Gregg Anderson managed to lob home his side’s fifth in the 53rd minute.
Five became six on the hour when Youhill beat his marker and crossed hard and low for Black to bundle in his second and when Martin Grundy was sent off a minute later even the most pessimistic Knaresborough fans were able to settle.
Garbutt then made it 7-2 with a superb curling shot into the top corner after 63 minutes to the amazement and delight of the large crowd of 315, which braved the wet afternoon.
Ben Cohen brought a good save from Dixon, but Kendal got the final goal in the 75th minute when Buchan notched his second.
Rushworth made two more good stops to keep out Kendal, but there was still time for Anderson and Cohen to go close for Knaresborough before the referee called time and the Manse Lane outfit moved through to the next round.