Knaresborough Town survey the fine view from the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division this morning after Dan Thirkell’s added time winner clinched the three points at 16th placed Thackley at Dennyfield last night-but Knaresborough’s Assistant Manager Gregg Anderson didn’t feel that his side were always at their best despite clinching the late win, writes Colin Muncie.
Gregg told the Bootiful Game “We were very under par against a very organised and workmanlike Thackley team. We started really well and created opportunities in the first 20-25 minutes- then we went off the boil. We had a clear cut penalty decision turned down because Rob Youhill stayed on his feet: we didn’t get it and it amazed me what the referee said to me on the pitch at the time that “if he’d gone down then I would have given it!” That’s everything that’s wrong with the game, in my opinion! The ref wasn’t great for both teams last night, but we need them in the middle to make the game possible, I know they have a difficult job but some of the easy decisions he got wrong were embarrassing”.
Gregg admitted that his side may have lost their way after that promising start “ We hit the bar from Josh Garbutt, but then we just seem to stop doing the basics and allowed Thackley to come back into the game” he said.”They were a threat all night from set plays, but we defended our box superbly! In the second half we just couldn’t get going and we weren’t troubled really by Thackley; we only made it hard for ourselves because of our individual errors and making the wrong decisions at times, but that’s football!”
“We made three positive substitutions around the hour mark and they all had an impact on the game which again is very pleasing” Gregg explained, adding “and great to see that the lads are hungry to make an impression on the game! The saying “smash-and- grab” comes into mind for our goal as the only save Jack (Rushworth) made all night was in the 90th minute. The ball went for a corner, we defended it, and got ours up the pitch got ourselves a corner and Thirks scored probably the best headed goal he ever has scored in the 93rd minute! A fantastic header! Again, I give credit to the lads’ fitness and desire to keep on fighting until the very end and we got the three points -and that’s all that matters!”
Gregg is delighted with the six point haul from their successive trips to Eccleshill and Thackley. He told us “Two away wins in the space of four days is brilliant! We have played miles better than we did last night this season -and we have come away with nothing!”
Main photograph by Craig Dinsdale.