Knutsford HC ladies secure vital points
Knutsford were eagerly waiting to put the ghost of Acton to bed. The game started brightly for Knutsford, with the home team playing the ball around well. Some great passing from the midfield trio of Caz Orchard, Katie Allan and Sarah Fielding piled on early pressure to the visitors.
It wasn’t long before the hosts were rewarded for such a bright start when a short corner was awarded for a blatant push in the area. The ball came across and Katie Allan made no mistake in unleashing a thunderbolt strike which smashed into the back board. Great goal, great start! The game restarted in much the same fashion with Knutsford playing some great hockey at times, however, Crewe were slowly beginning to pick up their own game and were starting to worry the Knutsford defense.
After some scary moments in the Knutsford area, the ball broke free and fell to Nat Riley who touched the ball past the last defender and began her assault on goal, the defenders got back well, but it wasn’t enough as Riley slotted the ball underneath the keeper to make it 2 – 0 Knutsford. The goal was expected to take some pressure off the home defense; instead this seemed to fire Crewe up even more who were now pushing for a goal of their own. After a while, their relentless pressure paid off and scored to make it 2 – 1.
The half time whistle was blown short after and the home players couldn’t help but feel deflated. The team talk was all about keeping things simple; going back to the basics. The second half started, but so did the Crewe pressure; Knutsford were shaken and just couldn’t find their feet in a game that had started so well. Within a few minutes, the away team were awarded a flick; goal keeper Fran Hatton guessed right and almost got to it but the flick was too good and flew into the side of the goal to make it 2 -2.
The home ladies tried their best to get back into the game; Man of the Match Caz Orchard leading the charge with a fantastic and gritty performance on the left of midfield, but the Crewe defense stood firm. Eventually the final whistle was blown with the scores even. Some will say it was a fair result, with both teams missing the chance to win the game.
Though one thing is for sure, Knutsford will be pleased that despite a resent drop in form, a point still keeps them fifth in the division two table.