ILKLEY Town, playing their final league fixture of the season, drew 1-1 at Knaresborough Town on a sweltering day over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend for .

From the start the game had a slow tempo, as Town tried to play their passing game and Knaresborough attempted to press early and force an error.

In the first chance of the game, Town played the ball to Tom Smith in the 18-yard box. Smith flicked the ball over the oncoming defender, whose arm was raised, making contact with the ball and the referee without hesitation pointed to the spot. Smith stepped up but screwed his kick wide of the post.

Then on 25 minutes, Town were awarded a free-kick on the left and Harry Brown delivered a whipped cross to the back post and Darren Munday directed a looped header over the keeper into the far corner to make it 1-0.

The lead wouldn’t last as just before half-time Knaresborough equalised when Town failed to deal with a long ball down the right, and the Knaresborough winger clipped a lovely ball into the path of his centre midfielder, who slotted in past Tim Edney in the Town goal.

In the second half, the sun took its toll on all the players, Knaresborough retreated deeper into their half seemingly content with a point as the half wore on.

Town had much more of the ball and more control of the game but again struggled to create clear cut opportunities.

Matt Whitehead did have a shot on goal, but the Knaresborough goalkeeper was equal to his effort.

Edney made one fine save in the Town goal, and Tom Fleming had another chance but Knaresborough cleared the danger, and the two teams had to share the spoils

Ilkley manager Simon Armstrong said: "The weather made it a physical challenge for both sets of players but overall a point was probably a fair reflection of the game."