For the first fixture in 2019 Town welcomed Headingley to Ben Rhydding Sports Club.
It's the first time the two sides have met this season, both teams with a reputation of trying to play so it was hoped for a good game. Unfortunately what we got was a somewhat scrappy affair as both teams looked to find their touch and form after a Christmas break.
Town had the better of the first half, moved the ball reasonably well and found themlselves in front after fifteen minutes. Tom Fleming worked the ball to Toby Harris outside the penalty area. Toby turned, found his half yard and struck a lovely low shot which cannoned in off the post, 1-0.
From here Town looked the most likely to double their lead, Toby Harris going clean through, one on one with the keeper who made a fine save from his effort. Soon after a corner was swung in by Jor Garside finding it's way all the way to the back post for Joe Hendrie to strike a half volley into the bottom corner only for the referees whistle to disallow it for an infringement.
Headingley carried a threat and created a couple of half chances where a better quality pass or a better decision could have posed Town some real problems.
The second half was poor as a spectacle and although Headingley probably shaded it they didn't really test Tim Edney in the Town goal. Town were sloppy and turned the ball over far too much. Despite this they created two or three opportunites to extend their lead but a poor pass or decision would prove costly. In the end Town had to grind out the win on a day when they know they could and should have done a lot better.
It's another three points but next week Town travel to Rawdon for a local derby where they'll need to be at their best to produce an improved performance and a positive result.