High-riding Knaresborough were the beneficiaries of a 2-0 scoreline which, by Teversal’s own admission, flattered the visitors, who survived a missed penalty.
And after ten losses in 15 games, it means the Sutton outfit continue to languish in the bottom three of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League, First Division table, urgently needing a run of positive results, starting this Saturday when they entertain fellow strugglers Worsbrough Bridge Athletic at Carnarvon Street (kick-off 3 pm).
Promotion candidates Knaresborough went into the game unbeaten in nine league games at home so far this season. And not only did they never look like relinquishing that record, they really should have scored far more goals than they did.
They were gifted the lead after only six minutes when a misguided header by Jason Gregory neutralised his defensive partner, Luke Weaver, and the ball fell to home striker Seb Carole, who showed his experience by picking out Colin Heath for a calm finish.
From that moment, the Yorkshire outfit took the game by the scruff of the neck and only a combination of poor finishing and fine saves by Teversal ‘keeper Josh Turton prevented them rubbing in their dominance. Turton was beaten when Heath struck a post, but he was the visitors’ saviour in the 39th minute when thwarting a one-on-one with Brad Walker after another blunder from Gregory.
The second half continued in the same vein, with Knaresborough’s missed chances and man-of-the-match Turton’s heroics combining four minutes in when Tom Hesketh’s penalty, harshly awarded, was superbly stopped by the custodian.
The hosts did finally find the killer second goal ten minutes later, though, courtesy of another defensive lapse as Walker nipped in to pinch the ball and round the ‘keeper.
The match then drifted to an uneventful finish, with Teversal’s only serious threat seeing a fierce strike by James McCann cleared off the line.