We welcome Lower Hopton AFC Ladies Development to Manse Lane on Sunday.
The reverse fixture was in September and it was our second ever league game; a game we won 8-1 but a score line that doesn’t tell the full story.
The match at their ground was a close affair, with the difference being that Town were a little more clinical in front of goal. A massive second 45 led to Knaresborough scoring a few goals that made the result safe, but it was never a one-sided game.
In their nine league and cup fixtures this season, Lower Hopton have only failed to get on the scoresheet once and that was back in September against Field.
Lower Hopton Development currently sit in the middle of the table having played nine games; winning five and losing four…the majority of their wins have been at home (four).
Notable results include their last two games, which have been against Skipton Town Development…losing 3-2 away, but also winning 3-2 at home. In addition, they have recently won 3-1 against Bradford United – our last opponents.
Knaresborough Town kicked off the second half of the season with a surprise 12-0 winning margin against Bradford United to claim all three points and remain top of the WRCWFL Division Four table.
Boro’ are missing a few players due to injuries, with Eva Jenkins being ruled out at the last minute due to a back injury. There are no notable returns from our injury list this week.
Between now and March/April, each game is going to be a ‘cup-final’ for Boro’ as they seek to keep ahead of their main rivals in the chase for those top two promotion spots – something that is going to be very difficult.
Analysis: Lower Hopton are a really good side that know where the goal is…give them a chance and they will score. The previous fixture that Town played was very competitive and the 8-1 result doesn’t reflect how close things really were.