ECCLESHILL United 's Aran Basi got one over his older brother yet again on Wednesday night, as his side beat Ryan's Thackley 2-1, and the Eagles captain will be seeing some more familiar faces again tomorrow.

United visit Knaresborough Town in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division and will fancy their chances, with the North Yorkshire side having lost all of their last five games.

Their squad contains three players who were at Eccleshill last season, Andy Cooper, Dom Smith and Luke Harrop, with the latter the main focus of Basi's attention.

The Eagles captain said: "Luke was our top scorer in all of the last three seasons so he'll be a handful."

Laughing, he added: "Me and Luke are actually off to Dubai soon to see an old friend, so hopefully we don't fall out over the result.

"If we lose, I might have to change my seat number on the plane."

Since Harrop's departure, Eccleshill have struggled to score goals, which Basi openly admits has been the main reason the club have not being able to push up the table as far as he would like.

That could all change with the signing of Eli Hey though. The forward made his debut against Thackley in midweek, and was named man of the match after scoring the winning goal.

Basi was full of praise for the new recruit, saying: "Eli has come from Pontefract (Collieries) in a higher league. He won this division with them two years ago, so he's got experience of getting out of the league.

"I've played against him before and he's a nightmare, always running and moving everywhere."

He was pleased to have Hey on his side on Wednesday, with the striker's winner meaning that the Basi brothers have two wins apiece against one another.

Both of Aran's have come in the last month, with the midweek 2-1 coming on the back of the Eagles' 3-1 NCEL League Cup win over Thackley on September 25.

The Eccleshill sibling said: "I'm happy about those two wins because I'd never beaten Ryan before. We've played against each other five times and he won the first two and we drew the third one.

"We play them at their place next time (on January 25) so I suppose that's almost a decider."

He felt Eccleshill were good value for their win on Wednesday too, saying: "I thought we had the better chances. There weren't many of them but in terms of clearcut openings, we created better ones than them.

"There was a lot of pressure, as they'd have gone nine points above us with a win.

"It's worked out for us in the derbies this season but I don't think it was a case of us wanting it more. As often happens in football, whoever takes their chances wins."


Vanarama National League North:

Bradford (Park Avenue) v Southport

Farsley Celtic v Brackley Town

Guiseley v Darlington

FA Trophy First Qualifying Round:

Brighouse Town v Workington AFC

Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division:

Knaresborough Town v Eccleshill United

Liversedge v Goole AFC

Silsden v Bridlington Town

Thackley v AFC Mansfield

Yorkshire Amateur v Albion Sports.

NCEL Division One: Campion v Rossington Main

North West Counties League Division One North: Steeton v AFC Liverpool.