Sad occurrences at Knaresborough have over-shadowed Saturday’s game

The Emirates FA Cup at Knaresborough FC Knaresborough Town AFC, Double Prize Money Activity, Knaresborough Town FC, Knaresborough, UK - 06 Sep 2018 Photo: Anna Gowthorpe for The FA

We were just about to write Knaresborough Town’s preview for their game against Garforth Town tomorrow but with the sad news about the death of Club President Terry Hewlett with thought we would just print Colin Heath’s pre-match comments as is.

Knaresborough face Garforth on Saturday. What do you expect from them, knowing that a win could take you up into third place?

“We know Smudge well – he was Paul’s Assistant – and we know Bob, who was Assistant previously. It’s normally a good, competitive game so we will expect a strong game. We will be building for it with a few people coming back from injury and our squad coming back together.

“We look forward to it and we know it will be a hard test. We know a couple of weeks ago they beat Yorkshire Amateur so we’re under no illusions it won’t be a hard game and we’ll hopefully be ready for it.”

It’s over a month since you last won a game so you’ll be wanting to get back to winning ways.

“Yes, you want to get that feeling back as quickly as you can. Unfortunately last time we played we thought we were going to nick a win and it proved not to be. We want to get back to winning ways and hopefully on Saturday we can do that.”

It’s a tight league. Potentially the top eight or nine may get promoted but it’s going to be a tough end to the season. You’ve got fifteen games left. I’m sure you have a points target in mind.

“It’s one of those when you finish your game and you want to take care of your own results, which we haven’t done in the last few weeks, and you come in and find the teams above you have dropped points. As positive as that is, at the same time we could have been in a wholly different situation if we had taken our chances in games or if we had got more points in the games we played.
I’ve gone on record as saying I thought it was going to be a tight league after Christmas.

“I still think there might be one or two teams who get stronger and who’ll keep on winning and go on a big run. Penistone are looking very consistent at the moment. They’ve had one blip but they came back from behind on Saturday. I think there are one or two teams in there and we’ve got to try and keep in the mix.”

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