Knaresborough Town 1-2 Eccleshill United
The Eagles make it three victories in a row with an impressive, organised performance away from home.
Super sub, Jonny Irving made an impact on his first appearance since returning from injury scoring his first goal for the club to secure an impressive victory as Eccleshill came from behind against a strong Knaresborough side.
Sean Regan's squad were dealt a triple blow before the game with Luke Harrop, Andy Cooper, and Charlie Flaherty all unavailable, yet his side showed their strength in depth with one of the best performances of the season in what was an organized and resilient effort.
It was an even contest throughout the entire game with both sides working incredibly hard to gain the upper hand, and it would be the home side who struck first. After a good spell of possession, a cross which hung in the air for some time was met well and volleyed into the bottom corner.
Thankfully, the Eagles did not let the goal hamper their spirits and the squad continued to work hard with both Liam Hudson and Anil Singh putting in a fantastic shift in the middle of the park. Eccleshill's first real chance came through a clever over the top ball by Singh which caught the home side's defense out, allowing Marcus Edwards to break free and catch the keeper in no man's land, lobbing him from a distance to score his first goal since returning to the squad.
A half-time substitution that saw Alex Cusack be replaced by Irving, with the Eagles playing with three men in the middle of the park, which worked to great effect with Eccleshill finding the back of the net early in the second half. A clever run from Matty Waller saw him penetrate the Knaresborough defense who failed to deal with his pace, before finding Irving whose original shot was blocked, only for his second to find its way into the back of the net.
From then on the home side managed to gain the majority of the possesion, changing their formation to allow them to apply pressure through long balls which were very well dealt with throughout the game by Matt Mathers and Sam Bradley who won everything in the air.
The midfield trio continued to battle with Irving playing a huge rule in the defensive side of the game as well as the goal he scored earlier on whilst both Edwards and Chris Lever worked hard up front to continue causing problems and try and catch Town out. A tactic that nearly worked as Edwards beat his men out wide, playing the ball into the penalty area to find Irving who sent the ball over the bar.
Despite a few half chances from corners for the home side and a brilliant last ditch block by skipper, Sam Bradley, it was a comfortable finish for Eccleshill who looked organised and confident throughout, earning the squad their first trio of back to back victories since August as the Eagles' impressive form continues as they pile the pressure onto the teams above.