1st Demolish Didsbury on Final Day of Season
The party started for Knutsford on 18 minutes as the tetchy David Price scored his 16th of a memorable season from yet another short-corner drag-flick. By the time the debonair Mark Fletcher deflected another short corner into the goal, Knutsford were playing played hockey to bring a tear to the eye of their devoted supporters.
The swan incident was never proved against Fletcher, but the urbane gent has proved there are more seasons to come from this most cunning of defenders.
Disappointingly, Knutsford conceded a fabulous goal from open play but this did not distract Knutsford from the demolition job that was demanded. James Howard was making his final appearance before retiring to the bar to practice for his first competitive boat race at University. On the pitch he was determined to show what Knutsford would miss, as he gave the defenders twisted blood in a torrid display of selfish but effective dribbling – before ramming home a special goal.
Mike Power, often the bridesmaid and guilty of missing open goals on occasions was fiendishly clever to create the next goal for himself. Power impishly skipped around 3 Didsbury players before unleashing a shot so powerful the sonic boom could be detected at Crosstown.
4-1 and Knutsford were not finished. Didsbury hearts had been broken and Knutsford sensed blood. Blue blooded Mark Hadlee was ravenous for a goal as he cut in from the left hand side. His half volley from a narrow angle is a particular speciality enjoyed by the team, but on this occasion decided to leave that tool in the box and fired a simple but equally spectacular strike into the net.
The icing on the cake was still to come. Statistics show that long-serving defender Simon Locke covered a record 7.7km in this game, desperately trying to secure his 2nd goal of the season. With 4 minutes left, sustained by Old Granny Barrett’s pre match Walnut and Cinnamon muffins, he ventured into the Didsbury D to deflect a wonder goal past the exasperated goalkeeper.
Simon McCoy was rarely troubled in goal and Dan Allen was awarded the Man of the Match award for another terrific midfield display in which he failed to conceded possession.
Hodge, who was re-elected Club Captain after the game for next years tough campaign, reflected on a victorious season in which Promotion and a Cheshire Plate triumph was achieved. “Summer must be long for those without warm memories. Being a winner is more than getting a first place trophy, it is acting like the effort was an honour and the trophy is just a decoration. Any man can hold a girls hand, but only the elite can hold her feet.”
With the Ladies 1st XI also becoming Champions of their division, the club celebrated into the night. More than ever, Knutsford Hockey Club can look forward to new challenges next season.