Fourth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division for Knaresborough Town as they maintained their fine start to life in the top flight with a 3-0 win over fellow promoted side Eccleshill United –and Knaresborough’s Assistant Manager Gregg Anderson was delighted by how some of his squad players picked up the gauntlet on a good afternoon’s work at the Mitton Group Stadium, writes Colin Muncie.
Gregg told the Bootiful Game “We were very workmanlike and looked solid from the first minute. We had several players missing through injury and work commitments; and the lads who stepped up played very well. Sam Cooke at centre half got a goal and didn’t miss a header all game and Connor and Dom in the middle of the park won the ball back so many times. Credit to them for their attitude! We scored at a vital time just before half time and the first half was comfortable for us .They had a few long range efforts but never troubled our goal. We could have been better with the final pass -and that’s something we will work on!”
Gregg felt that the second half performance was a text book away display, as his side was aware of Eccleshill’s reputation for late strikes. “In the second half we just did what we had to do for the first 25 minutes” Gregg told us “but come the last twenty minutes in the second half we scored two very well worked goals -and if the final pass had been better it could have been four or five. We always know Eccleshill never stop fighting and they do seem to score late on in games, so it was important we put the game to bed- which we did!”
Knaresborough don’t have much time to rest on their laurels “We have a tough week coming up now with games against Thackley and Worksop” he warned “but I’m very pleased with the players. We asked for a response after getting knocked out of the FA Cup and we got one! It’s a pleasure managing and playing with this bunch of players. Credit goes to Paul Stansfield; he keeps on driving us every game, every session, and never lets us take our foot off the gas!”
“We go again on Tuesday (at Thackley) and I hope we can get the three points!”