It was not meant to be for Knaresborough Town yesterday as they drew 2-2 with Glasshoughton Welfare- meaning they will have to wait a few more days to celebrate winning the NCEL Division One title.
Glasshoughton took the lead through Andy Horbury (28 minutes), then a goal either side of the break turned the tie on its head (Daniel Thirkell 38 minutes, Will Lenehan 58 minutes).
Welfare did manage an equaliser from the penalty spot as Conor Glavin coolly slotted home sharing the spoils.
Knaresborough Town assistant manager Paul Clayton summed up the game in his usual in-depth way, “Today was a really really difficult game. Fair play to Glasshoughton, they played to their strengths and caused us a lot of problems.
“I can see why they have been on such a good run. They work hard for each other and scrap and compete for every ball. The 9 & 10 were a handful.
“They were the better side in the first half but we competed better in the second half. The long hard season has effected everyone but we have been missing a few players lately through injury and unavailability, so today’s result is all the more pleasing as we had Colin Heath in goal (usually a No9) who was brilliant under the circumstances.
“We ground out another point which means one more point out of next five games and we’re Champions, which if we do it will be fantastic as the players will have earned it.
“All to play for at Bolsover on Wednesday night. We have been top of the league and there to be shot at for a long time, which is difficult as all sides raise their games against us. It will be a magnificent achievement for the players and the club if we finally get over the finishing line as no team rolls over and gives you an easy game.
“We’re not there yet so we’ll rest for a couple of days and have another big go at getting the required result on Wednesday.
“Will Lenehan led by example today and I thought we’d see the game through when he scored in second half. It wasn’t to be and second late penalty in consecutive games against us has cost us the win.
“Today both penalties were obvious, I thought and if I am really honest a draw was a fair result. Thanks to everyone who travelled to watch us, please keep coming as it means so much to the players. Let’s get as many there as possible on Wednesday night.”