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AFC Emley
Knaresborough Town
T Brennan (28', 33')
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Sat 18 Mar 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Division 1 Attendance 197

AFC Emley 2 - 0 Knaresborough Town

Brennan and McLachlan buoy Emley onto crucial win

AFC Emley’s hopes of automatic promotion stayed alive after beating play-off chasing Knaresborough Town 2-0 at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground this afternoon.

Tom Brennan’s first half brace earned Emley three crucial points against difficult opposition.

Knaresborough may have felt hard done by not to have scored, but a stellar performance from Graham McLachlan kept the visitors quiet.

Top scorer Ashley Flynn scored the first goal on Tuesday night against Dronfield Town and should have done the same against Knaresborough. As he attempted to round Ben Ledger, the big shot-stopper stood up big to keep the game level.

From one blown opportunity to another – Brennan’s short header back to McLachlan was picked up by Colin Heath, but he couldn’t find the net from close range.

Callum Charlton scored his second Emley goal against Dronfield and could have had number three today, though his audacious chip from a tight angle grazed the crossbar.

Brennan got his name on the scoresheet for the first time since December after cropping up at the back post to nod Liam Schofield’s corner in.

Schofield and Brennan linked up again just five minutes later to create a carbon copy of the first goal, giving Emley the upper hand at half time.

Knaresborough went in search of a vital goal that would push the door ajar for a comeback, but Heath’s low drive was parried by the diving McLachlan.

McLachlan was required once again to smartly push Tom Hesketh’s long range howitzer past the post after scrambling across his goal.

His hands came to good use again in the closing stages when Brad Walker’s whipped effort was pushed behind for a corner.

As Pontefract Collieries cantered to a 4-0 win in a huge promotion race clash with Hall Road Rangers, manager Darren Hepworth will be delighted that automatic promotion remains in touching distance.

The Pewits must remain focused for the remaining four league matches, beginning with a trip to Worsborough Bridge Athletic next Saturday.

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Key moments

Goal Tom Brennan scores for AFC Emley
Goal Tom Brennan scores for AFC Emley


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Graham McLachlan keeps a clean sheet for AFC Emley
81:00 Sub On
Robbie Graham is substituted on for AFC Emley
81:00 Sub Off
Jordan Townend is substituted off for AFC Emley
70:00 Sub On
Ashley Scully is substituted on for AFC Emley
70:00 Sub Off
Callum Charlton is substituted off for AFC Emley
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tom Brennan scores for AFC Emley
28:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom Brennan scores for AFC Emley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Emley
  • Knaresborough Town
  • 0
  • Tom Brennan Goal 28:00'
  • Tom Brennan Goal 33:00'
  • Ashley Scully Sub On 70:00'
  • Callum Charlton Sub Off 70:00'
  • Robbie Graham Sub On 81:00'
  • Jordan Townend Sub Off 81:00'

Team selection

McLachlan, Graham McLachlan, Graham
Carney, Jason Carney, Jason
Schofield, Liam Schofield, Liam
Ingham, Josh Ingham, Josh
Brennan, Tom Brennan, Tom
Jerome, Sam Jerome, Sam
Charlton, Callum Charlton, Callum
Townend, Jordan Townend, Jordan
Flynn, Ashley Flynn, Ashley
Robinson, Tom Robinson, Tom
Coduri, Jordan Coduri, Jordan

League round up

Other Division 1 results

Dronfield Town
Hallam FC
Glasshoughton Welfare
Shirebrook Town
Penistone Church
Yorkshire Amateur
Pontefract Collieries
Campion AFC
Westella & Willerby


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hall Road Rangers 42 96
2. Pontefract Collieries 42 95
3. AFC Emley 42 95
4. Grimsby Borough 42 89
5. Hallam FC 42 82
6. Penistone Church 42 82
7. Knaresborough Town 42 70


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