Now here at the Bootiful Game, our superbly-trained and highly-paid writers aren’t the sort of people who cast aspersions on others , or attempt to stain the reputations of our armies of contributors-but we have reason to believe that Knaresborough Town’s Assistant Manager Paul Clayton might just have overdone it with the sherry last night, as his club started their first game as Toolstation NCEL Division One Champions; so we’ll let that lie, and record that amidst the deserved festivities at Manse Lane yesterday, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that fourth-placed Yorkshire Amateur left North Yorkshire with three crucial points after a very fine 4-2 win, which keeps their automatic promotion hopes intact with three games left, writes Colin Muncie.
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The Champions were two up after 35 minutes through Daniel Clayton (3 minutes) and Stephen Bromley (35), but Fernando Moke (38 mins) and Jason St Juste (45 mins) levelled matters up by half time; and the bumper crowd of 290 looked on as Ash Flynn (82) and Moke (89) packed the precious three points into the kitbag for the trip back to Leeds.
Paul admitted to the Bootiful game “I was celebrating a little last night and this morning! Yorkshire Amateur were good value for their win yesterday, and if I am honest they were the better side. They pass and move really well and I can see why they have scored so many goals. We started off well and scored a good goal in the first couple of minutes. Brad Walker did well beating couple of players and crossing to the back post where Dan Clayton finished well. We then got a really good second goal, Dan Clayton played a good pass into the inside left channel for Steve Bromley to run on to. Steve then held off the centre back and hit a great shot across the goalkeeper”
Paul felt that the visitors hit back well, and delivered a stinging blow just before the break “Credit to Ammers -they kept on playing and got a goal back, which their play deserved. The killer was an equaliser in injury time of the first half, and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of us a bit” he said.” Yorkshire Amateurs then played well in the second half and scored what looked like an offside goal to go in front, then Moke scored an excellent 4th when they hit us on the break. We looked tired in the last twenty minutes as I think the last few weeks have taken it out of us. We have been brilliant all season and that was our first loss in the league since November 18th.”
Paul turned to his side’s remaining fixtures, and paid tribute to yesterday’s fine turnout. “ We now will have a few days rest and see who’s fit and available for the last three games on Thursday, Saturday and Monday”, he said.
“I would like to say a big “thank you” to everyone that has supported us throughout the season -and to the 290 that came to watch us on Saturday”.