NCEL: Colin Heath back on top form for Knaresborough Town

hsb  Knaresborough Town's Colin Heath  (131123M4d)
hsb Knaresborough Town's Colin Heath (131123M4d)

Two wins in a week and confidence has sky-rocketed at Manse Lane, according to Knaresborough Town club spokesman Ian Pickles.

Town earned their first home league win since mid-December when beating Selby Town 3-1 in the North Yorkshire derby on Saturday.

And Brian Davey’s side carried their strong form in Tuesday night’s trip to Sheffield-outfit Hallam, as Colin Heath’s penalty and Byron Littlefair’s second-half strike clinched a 2-0 win.

The six points gained solidified Knaresborough’s position in the NCEL Division One top ten.

Town face journeys to two sides vying for a top five spot this week, starting with the long drive south to fourth-placed Clipstone on Saturday.

Davey’s men then go to Pontefract Collieries for their rearranged clash on Wednesday.

Both of the high-flyers beat Knaresborough at Manse Lane earlier this season , with Clipstone smashing four goals in and Pontefract netting three.

“They are two teams above us that have done well against us in the past,” acknowledged Pickles.

“Both are games that we will need to focus on, and get as much out of them as we can.

“The players know they are going to be in for a tough game.

“But after two wins on the trot and confidence is certainly higher.”

Veteran midfielder Paul Stansfield struck the opener on 31 minutes against Selby with his first goal for almost two years.

Selby levelled proceedings ten minutes later when Dan O’Connor headed in off the post.

But the scores weren’t even for long, as Heath volleyed Boro back ahead a minute after the restart.

A serious leg injury to O’Connor held the match up for ten minutes in the dying minutes before George Eustance made the win safe for Boro in the seventh minute of injury time.

After netting the crucial second moments after the break, Pickles said striker Heath had returned to the top form that saw him score nine goals in six games before the New Year.

Pickles added: “Colin has had a couple of lean games where he didn’t score. It was important that he did.

“He noticably picked up after the goal went in.”

Boro’s League Cup fourth round clash at Premier side Bridlington Town has been arranged for Monday, March 31.

And last week’s postponed match at Shaw Lane Aquaforce will take place on Tuesday, April 8.

Meanwhile, Knaresborough Town Reserves suffered a shock 2-1 loss against Stanley United at Manse Lane on Tuesday night.

Town remain on top of West Yorkshire League Division One but third-placed Robin Hood Athletic lie six points behind with six games in hand.