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Clayton predicted a tough encounter…and it certainly was!

Most of the 114-strong crowd at Manse Lane last night must have been satisfied with the outcome as League Leaders Knaresborough Town consolidated their position as Toolstation NCEL League Leaders after a 3-1 home win over sixteenth-placed Armthorpe Welfare-but as Knaresborough Assistant Manager Paul Clayton had predicted, it wasn’t a late evening stroll for his players, writes Colin Muncie.

Knaresborough led one-nil at the interval through Brad Walker (42 mins), and Ben Parkes’ penalty doubled the lead on 53 minutes. Gary Lumley halved the deficit for Armthorpe just before the hour, but an own goal with fifteen minutes left sealed the deal for Knaresborough.

Paul told the Bootiful Game “I’m pleased we got the win as it keeps us in front of the chasing teams. I said league positions and form go out of the window when sides come to Manse Lane and tonight’s game proved that once again. Armthorpe gave everything and made it a really tough game. They defended for their lives and competed extremely well. In the end we just had a bit too much for them and we could and probably should have scored a few more towards the end.

“Having said that I have got to be happy with the position we are in with ten games to go” Paul admitted “and it is up to us to keep on grinding the results out and putting the points on the board. Every win gets us a little bit closer to the finishing line, but with 30 points still to play for nothing is certain yet, so we’ll keep taking it game by game.

“I was really pleased with the three debutantes” Paul added. Tom (Young) looked very assured in goal and looks a great signing. Luke (Stewart) and Nick (Black) gave us the options we require for the final run in and they will both be an asset to the squad.

“Now we look towards Saturday and the start of three tough away games in a week”.

Main photograph by Craig Dinsdale.

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