Black Knights feast at the Kings Table. Yes it is a hockey report!
Hockey fans were treated to a veritable feast at Westfield Drive on Saturday afternoon. King Canute’s Barmy Army returned in droves following the return to form of their heroes last weekend. The Black Knights were as expectant of victory as their adoring fans but there are no certainties in this game – if you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. Whilst the result was not to everyone’s taste, the performance and entertainment scored a perfect ten.
Knutsford started far the better side and dominated the opening exchanges. The game remained at 0-0 for half an hour although it was extremely competitive. Iain Lawrence left for hospital with a suspected broken finger whilst Steve Torrie caused a nasty gash in a clash of stick and opponents head.
Knutsford finally broke the deadlock before half time with Johnny Price scrambling home a short corner from an oblique angle. The Springfields goalkeeper managed to talk himself into a yellow card and Knutsford simply dominated the powerplay.
Half time gave Springfield an opportunity to regroup and the visitors took the game to Knutsford. A key moment occurred when Steve Torrie assaulted the Springfield left winger and found himself sin-binned.
Springfields scored immediately via the resulting short corner and only 3 minutes later found themselves leading the game after a deflected shot fortuitously looped into the net.
Knutsford came back strongly but Springfields frustrated the Knutsfordians. Springfield had the odd opportunity themselves to kill off the game but Ed Higgs, Simon Locke, Chris Drake and Torrie kept things organised at the back.
Simon Trenbrith found additional reserves, and teamed up with Stuart Kenyon as the creative forces behind Knutsford, to propel the team forward for an equalizer which was finally secured via an Ollie Parker strike.
Knutsford had a last second short corner to repeat the last gasp victory of last week but lightening didn’t strike twice and King Canute’s Barmy Army had to be content with an honourable draw.
Player-Coach Trenbrith reflected “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”