Knutsford Mens 1st XI get jittery
Colwyn Bay 2
Knutsford conceded a two-goal led to draw 2-2 at home against Colwyn Bay on Saturday. Despite playing some exceptional hockey at times, Knutsford once again failed to convert chances – an affliction that has proved costly during the season run-in.
Knutsford started the game as brightly as they have started any game in recent weeks. Excellent interplay by Dan Allen, Dave Evans and Mat Hodge in midfield opened up Colwyn Bay down the left periodically. Dave Price conducted the play like he has on many occasions this season and created gilt edged chances for Mike Power and James Howard.
It wasn’t until the second half that the deadlock was broken – Dave Price drag-flicking a short corner to demoralise Colwyn Bay. Mike Power missed the best opportunity before adding a superb second from open play and the game appeared to won.
Nevertheless, Colwyn Bay struck home a short corner to halve the lead and Knutsford became jittery. Whilst the home team’s defence was largely calm and solid, slack marking on one occasion was to prove costly as Colwyn Bay scored the all important equaliser with 10 minutes remaining.
There was enough time and chances for both sides to win this entertaining game, played in the right spirit with some excellent umpiring. Simon McCoy proved to be Knutsford’s man of the match as he made some key stops on numerous occasions, proving there are plenty of years left in Knutsford’s Number 1.
The season draws to a close next week with a home game against Didsbury Northern (2.15pm). Knutsford are secure in 4th place, and this may well be good enough to secure promotion to the Northern League. However, they will be looking to progress into 3rd place with a victory on Saturday.
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