Knaresborough Town secured a deserved place in the draw for the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after a fine 5-1 win over Northern League side AFC Blyth at Manse Lane yesterday–and Knaresborough Assistant Manager Gregg Anderson felt that his side’s fast start all but decided the outcome, writes Colin Muncie.
Sam Cook was on song as early as the fourth minute to give the hosts an early lead in front of a fine crowd of 165 in North Yorkshire, and Joshua Garbutt inflicted further damage on the Croft Park side with a twenty-five minute hat-trick (8, 12 and 33 minutes) to give the home side a 4-0 lead at half time. Stephen Bromley made it five for Knaresborough just after the hour, and although David Robinson’s 65th minute penalty provided some consolation for the Northumberland side, Knaresborough booked their place in next week’s draw.
Gregg told the Bootiful Game “A brilliant day for the club-we played really well. In the first half, ninety per cent of the final balls and decision making was spot on, as we were 3-0 up after 30 minutes which we fully deserved. We got back to being ourselves again! We just have to be more consistent in our performances and punish teams more when we are on top. We knew they were a very good side; they’d played 5 won 5 before this game and you could see that by the way they played. They just came up against a Knaresborough side that were bang at it!”
Gregg revealed that he and Manager Paul Stansfield had been pushing for a performance like the one he saw from his players yesterday “ Stanny and myself asked for a response from our last game as it wasn’t us “ he told us “and I knew that the lads would be hurting – that was proven in everyone’s display yesterday! Everyone gave everything and as I said that’s all the management team can ask for! I’m absolutely so proud of our players-they deserve all the credit!”
“A 5-1 win in any competition is a brilliant result and now we look forward to the draw”.