Davey: Break boosted team chances

hsb  Knaresborough Town v Harrogate Town. Ashley Atkinson.  (120714M4f)
hsb Knaresborough Town v Harrogate Town. Ashley Atkinson. (120714M4f)

Knaresborough Town boss Brian Davey reckons the two-week break between matches has given his players the perfect chance to rest ahead of their season-ending promotion bid.

Town host seventh-placed Pontefract Colliers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) after a weekend free from action.

Davey’s side had hoped to re-arrange ties against Albion Sports and Dinnington Town for Saturday and Tuesday respectively but both were cancelled due to cup competitions.

Colin Heath and Joel Freeston both continued their recovery from injury in the reserves’ 2-1 fightback win over Hartshead on Saturday. Davey acknowledged that the break from action had allowed his team to refresh.

“We have had two or three people carrying injuries so it has worked well for us,” he said. “It gave a chance for us to get some fitness back.Hopefully we can get Colin involved in the not too distant future.”

A 1-0 win for Shirebrook Town dropped Town to third in NCEL Division One and the manager said it was a disappointing weekend spent following the results from afar.

“We had hoped some more would slip up,” he said. “But the other teams can do what they want. The more games we win is the only thing that matters.

“Wherever we end up, we end up but we have a good chance of promotion.

“We have got the top teams to play. All the players like playing against the top teams. They are the game we want to be playing.”

The manager is hopeful for a good turnout from the Knaresborough faithful on Saturday against a Colliers side they failed to overcome earlier in the season, when it ended 1-1.

He said: “There should be a good crowd for it. We have only got two home games left so I’m hopeful people will turn out for it. We have been averaging over 150 for our home games.”

The trip to Pontefract in October saw Town miss a host of opportunities as Dave Thomas missed a penalty and then gave one away.

The manager said: “We missed four or five big chances and in the end we were disappointed that we didn’t win.

“It was one of those game where nothing went right, we want to put that right this time around.

“They were a good footballing side. They parted company with their manager and since then they have gone on a good run so it will be a hard game.”

Davey pinpointed Colliers striker, and new coach, Duncan Bray as the main threat to his side.

“He’s a big strong centre forward and he will be one we will have to watch,” the gaffer said.

“But the three centre backs we have deal with the bigger centre forwards better. They are very good in the air and they are mobile.”