Knaresborough return to league action with win away at Garforth Town
By Belinda Hamer
Garforth Town (1) 2 Knaresborough Town (1) 4
Team: Jack Rushworth; Dan Thirkell, Gregg Anderson, Will Lenehan, Greg Kidd; Rob Youhill, Ben Parkes, Brad Walker, Rob Worrall, Josh Garbutt; Nick Black (Steve Bromley). Subs.(not used): Dom Wilson, Sam Cook, Matt Donnelly, Liam Corbett.
Knaresborough Town had to battle really hard for the three points earned with a 4-2 victory at Garforth Town on Tuesday evening.
With the wind at their backs, the home side had much of the early pressure, but the Knaresborough defence held firm.
Ben Parkes brought a save from Toby Wells in the home goal in the visitors’ first attack of note, but then Jack Rushworth saved well to deny Devonte Morton and saw his defence beat away the rebound.
A Rob Worrall shot was cleared from the Garforth line before Shaquille Clarke-Adams shot narrowly wide as the home side pressed further.
A long ball into the right wing corner led to the opening goal as Rob Youhill managed to win the ball as Kieran Holmes tried to see the ball out for a goal kick. Having won the ball, Youhill ran into the penalty area where a trip produced a penalty which Dan Thirkell duly converted in the 42nd minute.
Youhill came very close to adding a further goal a minute later when he broke free only to strike against the outside of the post from a narrow angle, but Knaresborough then surrendered possession down the left side and Niah Payne ran forward before striking home a 45th minute equaliser.
Mark Ferguson headed wide from close range soon after the break but Clarke-Adams put Garforth ahead in the 49th minute when he was allowed to run on the left wing and his cross cum shot took a slight deflection before squeezing in off the back post.
Gregg Anderson shot over after Nick Black’s shot was blocked, but had to wait only two minutes to head home powerfully from Youhill’s 52nd minute corner on the right.
Knaresborough now had the pressure and Black went close when he broke clear only for Wells to save from the narrow angle and the follow up to be blocked away.
Youhill then had a lob tipped away by Wells, but Knaresborough regained the lead from the resulting corner in the 62nd minute.
Thirkell headed back the kick for Anderson’s effort to be cleared off the line and Brad Walker followed up to volley home the loose ball.
Both sides made the usual changes to their line ups and play was evenly balanced before Rob Worrall followed up a Walker effort to fire home a low shot to make it 4-2 in the 87th minute and confirm the result.