ECCLESHILL ended a run of four games without a win by beating last season's Northern Counties East League Division One champions Knaresborough Town 1-0 away from home.

Antony Brown netted the only goal of the game after 70 minutes.

The big striker had the first chance when he latched onto a good through ball and poked the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper but it trickled just wide of the far post.

Two minutes later the Eagles looked to be clean through on goal as Charlie Flaherty controlled a fizzed through ball, but the referee pulled it back for an earlier foul on Josh Grant, which he later apologised for.

Knaresborough had the biggest chance of the first half, as Eccleshill gave the ball away in defence which allowed the home side to put their striker clean through but he was off target.

The final chance of the half would again go to the hosts in the 39th minute, but keeper Dominic Smith, who was in inspired form, got a strong arm up to swat away a powerful strike.

Knaresborough missed two good chances early in the second half and they were made to rue their missed opportunities in the 68th minute as Eccleshill attacked their box with purpose.

The ball eventually found it’s way to Brown who showed fantastic composure to lob the keeper and put the Eagles ahead.

Kamron Basi then came on to make his debut for the club, replacing Matt Mathers to link up in defence with his older brother Aran.

The final 15 minutes of the game were hectic for Eccleshill as they defended against wave after wave of Knaresborough attack.

Knaresborough looked certain to score in the second minute of stoppage time as their striker was about to shoot from close range, but the debutant Basi put in a sublime last-ditch challenge.

Sean Regan’s side now look forward to Saturday, when they will be making the long trip to the seaside to face Bridlington Town.

Report by Danial Ahmed