Knutsford 2's take the points in exciting battle
With the sunshine beaming down, the home side got off to the worst possible start when from the kick off, Crewe won back their kick, set the ball up for their backs and their outside centre danced around 3 tackles to score under the posts. It looked like it could be a long, hot day. However, this was the wake up call the Knutsford boys needed and they quickly got back on top, lead by their inspirational captain Edmonds. Straight from the restart, Edmonds was put through, and although he still had plenty to do he managed to score under the posts.
With fantastic service from Crawford at scrum half, the evergreen Kelly returning at 10 for a rare appearance started to dictate play like he had never been away. This provided Edmonds with the service he needed and he ran in another 2 tries in quick succession to put the home side in command. Up front, man of the match Baxter was an inspiration to the forwards, covering every blade of grass. Coupled with great defensive work from the whole team, Knutsford went in at half time with a 12 point lead.
The second half was end to end action. Knutsford initially picked up where they had left off with the ever cool Kelly slipping through a couple of tackles to touch down under the posts. Unfortunately, this was a catalyst for the away team to start playing again and Knutsford switched off. Crewe and Nantwich ran in two quick tries and suddenly the game hung in the balance again. After a stern word, and with substitute Warman inspiring the entire team, Knutsford kicked back into action. When the forwards won back the ball, it was shifted through the hands for Rowsell to finish superbly in the corner.
Knutsford regained their confidence and attacked again. Again, some great work from the forwards set up a ruck on the opposition 22. Maxwell broke, and when he was stopped 8 metres out, the fantastic Crawford was there to collect the offload and score under the posts to put the game to bed.
Crewe and Nantwich rallied once more and scored a consolation try but Knutsford would have the last word when Maxwell took a quick penalty five metres out and squeezed through 2 tackles to go over the whitewash.
Full Time Knutsford 2nds 41 Crewe and Nantwich 3rds 26
All in all terrific performance from the home side, and with a real mix of experience and youth, Knutsford will be looking to finish the season strongly. Next week they are away to Didsbury, kick off 3pm.