A 90th minute Samuel Akeroyd penalty separated Knaresborough Town and Liversedge on Saturday in an enthralling game at Manse Lane.
Knaresborough initially took the lead on 35 minutes through Rob Worrall in front of a 170-strong crowd.
However, two quick goals from Red Bates and super striker Joel Walton (’62 and ’69 minutes) turned the tie on its head.
Town thought they had managed to secure a point with a 84th minute Dan Thirkell equaliser but Akeroyd had other ideas who converted a last gasp penalty.
Knaresborough Town assistant manager Gregg Anderson gave us his honest assessment, “The game was won on a fine margin when the game should of been finished in the the first 45 minutes.
“We were finally bang at it for a change and started the match far better than we have done recently. We dominated the first half so much and collectively as a team should of been 3-4 nil up at the break and that resulted in not getting the win and not putting Liversedge to bed!
“They came back into the game for a 25 min spell in the 2nd half and got there noses in front, we got it back to 2-2 through Thirks with a well worked corner routine we have, we started to apply the pressure again and around the 85 min we missed a great opportunity to go 3-2 up, 1 minute later we conceded a pen they they scored it, 3-2 down and the fame was virtually over.
“Liversedge will do well this year and I wish them luck for the the season.
“We can take so many positives out of the game, we had 5 key players missing and Ben Cohen pulled up in the warm up and he’s been one of our best players in the first couple of weeks, the lads who played did really well!
“Games come thick and fast now this time of the season and like I said to the players football is cruel sometimes, you can play so well and get nothing out of the game but then other times you can play so poorly and come away with the 3 points!”