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Derby Double: Knutsford RUFC 2's triumph over local rivals

By on March 30, 2009

With both teams battling on each others turf relegation loomed for one of the XV in a thrilling local double derby this Saturday. Arch rivals Holmes Chapel RUFC and Knutsford Rugby Club clashed in two sensational matches both supported by a small army of local spectators who braved the icy north wind to bring on the cheer.

Knutsford  report
by Steve McGuinness
Saturday saw a bottom of the table survival clash with local Rival 2nd teams of Knutsford RFC & Holmes Chapel RFC. Both teams fielded their strongest team to truly test who is better at this level.

Knutsford started strongest in the first half and playing up the hill and against a very strong and swirling wind, their pack dominated the line-out with young starlet Max Crawford leaping like a salmon to claim much of the possession.

After good pressure from forwards Walton, pack-leader Siwek and the  majestically Parr, they set up good position and Knutsford powerhouse fly-half Kelly cut through the line to score near the posts.  Shortly after Chapel rallied and pounced on a Knutsford error and scored an unconverted try in the corner to bring the score level.

The very strong Knutsford backline dominated throughout and just before half time, captain McGuinness (lethal over 10 yards) darted up the blind side from a scrum inside the Knutsford 22, the scrum half then drew the winger and offloaded to supporting Rowsell who ran 50 yards to score a great try in the corner. Half time 10-5.
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In the second half, and with their wind at their back and playing downhill, this confident Knutsford outfit pressed home their superiority with further 4 tries.

In the loose play the Knutsford forwards worked hard at recycling the ball with good work from Sawyer, Hardman and the excellent Elliot Lee. They set up the play and great support play from Sam Dawson saw the out-of-position hooker go in for a well worked try.  Next try came from strong running centre Wayne Trowbridge who was on the end of some excellent flowing rugby with the great handling skills from the brother Kelly’s with centre Adam providing the final pass.

Knutsford 5th try came from an another excellent break from the Kelly brothers with Adam slicing the open the defence beating four men before a last gasp tackle halted him short of the line, the back row were again in support and Nelstrop pounced on the loose ball to dive over near the post.

Just before the final whistle another attack set up a maul near the posts and McGuinness spotted full back Ritchie’s late strong run and delivered a deft pass for the rotund veteran to crash over the line for the final try. The classy No.10 Simon Kelly converted 3 of the tries leaving the final score a convincing 36 – 5. This important win ensured Knutsford survival in this tough league next season but means Holmes Chapel will now be relegated.

Click here to view the official match pictures or use the small gallery to the top for a brief pictorial overview

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Holmes Chapel report
by Andy Partington
It was derby day on Saturday as the second XV’s met at Mereheath Lane. Holmes Chapel welcomed back veteran second row Phil Davies, back row Martin Davis and prop Kev Gormley. With a strong wind at their backs chapel were hoping to build a first half advantage, however it was the hosts that started the game better applying the pressure early on, as chapel put a clearance kick out on the full.

Former chapel players Adam and Simon Kelly combined well in the midfield and a mis-tackle saw Knutsford take the lead. It was 15 minutes before the visiting side got into the game, Ian Gordon and Dave Price driving forward. An injury then to Phil Davies leaving the field, Jim Moss coming on a replacement.
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Chapel were struggling to use the wind effectively, Knutsford were gaining territorial advantage and making life difficult for the visitors. A fine break from Sam chambers gave chapel some attacking ball and Naz Sherwani put Mitch Lawrence in with the space he needed. He put the burners on and sprinted clear of the on-coming defenders to score in the corner and level the scores.

With the first half coming to a close, chapel were looking to score again, Chris Broomfield, driving through in the centres, the ball however was turned over and a the Knutsford scrum half took full advantage and he broke away down field and pass the pass to the wing who sprinted in for the home side’s second try leaving it 10-5 at the half time break.

In the second half Knutsford had the wind and used it much better than the visitors gaining good territorial advantage,  Chapel were having to run everything back,  Steve Hatton making the hard yards, Martin Davis getting to every breakdown first. However the home side were the ones who were creating the chances and after 15 minutes  Chapel’s defence was finally breached in the second half and Knutsford extended their lead.

The game continued in much the same vein Jonny Cornish and Joe Maddock continued to battle for the visitors, but the home side were able to run in a few more tries as the game progressed. The game finished 36-5.

Holmes Chapel would like to thank sponsors Pochin, Wyman Homes and AUF Leasing.

Click here to view the official match pictures or use the small gallery to the top for a brief pictorial overview

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