Two goals in the last 25 minutes consigned Knaresborough Town, now fourth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division to a 3-1 defeat to second-placed Penistone Church at the DSM Memorial Stadium on Saturday – and Town player-coach Colin Heath felt that the outcome followed a common pattern for his side.
Talking to TBG Editor, Craig Kendall, Colin admitted that it had been an interesting weekend. “It turned out to be a bit of déjà vu from all the games we’ve had against the people in the top six, which is a bit of a shame. We started off okay but we let them get two or three set pieces, which we know how they set up and they are good at. We’ve played them two or three years ago – and nothing’s changed. They have the same systems and they play the same way. It’s very traditional and they know what they’re doing. We came unstuck to that in the first fifteen minutes.”
Colin felt that despite that poor start, his side battled back into the game. “To be honest with you, I thought we played really well after that and produced some really good football,” he told us. “We caused a lot of problems with pace and we got back level, deservedly. Leading up to half-time there was only going to be one team who was going to get another goal, but the same old thing happened again – we got a chance just before half-time and didn’t take it. Half-time came at a great time for them and unfortunately for us they regrouped and worked out a few tactical issues that they were struggling with. They came out for the second half and were really solid. Having said that, we had one chance and, to be fair to Ben Cohen, he did everything right. He hit it well but it just hit the inside of the post, didn’t drop in – and came back to their ‘keeper.”
Thereafter, the home team seized the initiative. “They’ve kicked on from there and in the second half they deserved it,” Colin admitted. “They controlled the game after we had that chance and probably in the end it was a fair result. I think, up until half-time, there was only one team who was going to go on and win it.”
“It’s all about fine margins,” Colin stated. “We’ve looked at and spoken about certain things, but one of the big differences between last season and this is that you could get away with missing a couple of chances. If you play some of the better teams in the League, we’re in now, and you miss two or three chances, they take them. Their last two goals – especially their second one – were taken really well and you can’t do anything about it.”
“You then look at the chances we’ve had and, if we’d have taken one of those, it would have been a different result.”