Fresh Boro seek A home revival

Matt Duerden
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Knaresborough Town have been challenged to put an end to their disconcerting losing run at home.

Knaresborough have lost their last three clashes at Manse Lane, culminating in their shock 2-1 defeat against Hemsworth Miners Welfare two weeks ago.

And ‘Boro will look to end that spell when they welcome lower mid-table men Rossington Main this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Last weekend’s trip to Hallam was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

And yesterday’s clash at Pontefract Collieries was also in doubt, with the match was scheduled to be played after the Post went to press.

Ahead of Rossington’s visit, club spokesman Ian Pickles backed a refreshed Town to reclaim winning form.

Town have hammered ten goals past Rossington this season, cruising past them 4-2 in NCEL Division One and 6-0 in the League Cup first round.

Ninth-placed ‘Boro will still be without number one ‘keeper Tom Ryder. Ben Clayton has also left to join West Yorkshire League side Boroughbridge.

“Rossington are a good side, and are certainly no mugs,” said Pickles.

“The lads will be up for it. They will still be smarting from that Hemsworth game.

“They have to put it together and they will be looking to prove something, that it wasn’t a flash in the pan.

“But we have lost the last three at home. We have to start showing our away form at home.”

Town will also head to NCEL Premier side Garforth Town in the League Cup third-round on Tuesday night.

Garforth were relegated into the Northern Counties leagues last season and have since struggled in mid-table.

And Pickles said the Reds had every chance of causing a giant-killing against the former Evo-Stik side.

“We can beat anybody on our day,” he said.

“They have seen a number of changes this year. It will be a tough nut to crack but when we played Ossett Albion, we didn’t play very well and lost 2-0.

“Ossett are in a similar position to what Garforth are this year.

“We will have to play better than we did against Hemsworth. But anything is possible.”

Meanwhile, Knaresborough Town reserves continued their table topping form to overcome a Baildon Trinity Athletic 3-0 at Manse Lane on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Blaine Hobson, Fraser Lancaser and George Robertson earned ‘Boro victory and pulled them seven points clear in West Yorkshire Division One.

The reserves entertain Old Modernians on Wednesday.