A tremendous win over one of the Premier Division’s in form sides, Knaresborough Town for Division One chasers Hallam, as they saw off the ten-man North Yorkshire side 2-0 at Sandygate in S10; and Joint Manager, Scott Bates, was delighted to see his side on the front foot from the very start, writes Colin Muncie.
Keiran Watson converted the rebound from his own penalty after 36 minutes to give the Countrymen a narrow half time advantage and Reece Treasure rounded the keeper to clinch the tie with fifteen minutes left.
Scott told TBG that the tie got going at a furious pace. “It was a game which started at 100 miles an hour. Without blowing our own trumpet, I thought we were brilliant from the first minute to the last against a very good team. It’s no surprise that they are doing as well as they are in the League above.”
“For me, though, it’s all about the players,” Scott added, “they came and started with the right attitude – and they got what they deserved.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth, was equally impressed, “I thought we were terrific all night,” he told us. “We always looked a threat; we were combative and with quality in midfield, and we defended very well. Obviously, the red card was an advantage to us, but their lad can have no complaints. I thought we could have had more when we stretched them in the second half, whilst Dave (Darwent, goalkeeper) hasn’t had a save to make.”
“Happy with the win and for us to be in the hat.”