KRFC 1st's 23 points ahead on the final wistle.
Knutsford got off to a flyer as Ric Walker looked to exploit the wide pitch, Paul Williams continued his man of the match form earned in the win against Marple, exchanging passes with Richard Lockett who crossed on 5 minutes. Then sheer pressure saw Chris Edmonds burst two tackles to pass to Dan Layzell cutting a great angle to score under the sticks. Liam Murphy then scored a breakaway try from his own 22 metre line, following a Newton mistake. Oli Mooney converted all 3 and it was 21-0 inside the opening quarter. Knutsford turned the screw on half an hour as Walkers trademark step beat his man and he offloaded to Edmonds to score under the sticks. Newton came back strongly and scored on half time.
In the second half Knutsford let their concentration slip, as the backline made many errors. A kicking game was needed to pen the Newton attacks back to their own 22, but too often the pass was chosen which simply wasn’t suited to the Windy conditions. Mooney slotted two good penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking, but Knutsford themselves were being harshly penalised, leading to Newtons second score of the game. Murphy was then sin-binned for not rolling away from the tackle, but this galvanised Knutsford as they came close to scoring on several more occassions, and fittingly it was the boot of Mooney that put a fine grubber kick through for Chris Vincent to score his first try for the side. Knutsford now lie 7th and will move up to 6th with a win in the next game, Feb 7th away at Mossley Hill.