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Istead delighted to get first win under belt as solo Manager

In a thrilling encounter at Manse Lane yesterday, Handsworth Parramore survived a second half onslaught from hosts Knaresborough Town to claim the three points after a hard fought 3-2 victory writes Ian Robinson.

Town took an early lead when Sam Cooke netted following a corner but a quickfire brace from Waide Fairhurst edged the visitors in front before Will Lenehan restored parity, all of this in an action packed opening 25 minutes.

An excellent strike from Josh Nodder sealed the win for Handsworth who defended valiantly throughout the second half as Town hammered at the door, but to no avail.

Speaking after the game, a delighted Handsworth Manager Steve Istead spoke firstly about an eventful week behind the scenes which saw the departure of Joint Manager Jon Froggatt. “We wish Froggy all the best as he was a top bloke to work with and we will miss him. It’s nice to have the experience of James Ashmore to come in and help me out though.”

Onto the game and Steve paid tribute to the battling qualities of his depleted squad, adding “Today’s game was tough. We had 13 fit players with a few carrying knocks, but we all dug in. We went 1-0 down to a very direct team and we struggled to deal with their set pieces if I’m honest, and we got punished. However we showed some character and scored a couple of top class goals and then we professionally saw the game out, all 98 minutes of it!

“It was lovely to do the double over a decent bunch of lads, but a shame that one of the bunch let them down today. He knows who he is.”

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