2nd Place recaptured by KHC 1st XI
South Cheshire 2
A traditionally hard fought local derby turned into a resounding victory that demonstrates Knutsford will give no inch in the push for promotion and the championship. However it was not until the second half that Knutsford were really able to express themselves.
The first half was an open, even game, full of attractive passing hockey and two goals for each side. Knutsford opened the scoring with a David Price short corner shot into the bottom-right before South Cheshire equalised through a penalty-corner of their own. When Simon Locke tenatiously presented Mike Power with a goal on a plate, it seemed the Congleton side’s resistance would be broken. However Knutsford gifted a goal to their opponents shortly before half time as Simon McCoy was beaten for a second time.
At the half-way point, the game was intriguingly poised at 2-2. If there were any doubts about the destination of the 3 points then this was confined to the supports thoughts rather than the players. Skipper Mat Hodge was back to his best and put his side 3-2 ahead shortly after the interval.
South Cheshire had short-corners to equalise but failed to convert and when a stunning drag-flick from David Price put Knutsford 2 goals clear, the home side capitulated. Price then capped a eye-catching individual performance with a memorable solo goal to secure his hat-trick. The icing on the cake was then a power strike from Tristan Baddeley to make it 6-2.
Skipper Mat Hodge summed up the progress this season “Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent, you need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need the drive.”
Knutsford welcome 3rd placed Brooklands to Westfield Drive next Saturday (2.15pm) in a key fixture that could go someway to determining the destination of the championship.