Season ends in style – video report included
Knutsford continued their season-long policy and fielded a team packed with youngsters.
The Knutsford youngsters yet again played with an explosive mixture of pace and enthusiasm as they have done all year and showed that they can mix it with the best of ’em. Macc, lying 6th in the table, had the best of the first 15 minutes but crucially failed to press home their early domination.
Knutsford broke out from defence to move up the pitch for Kelly to break the line and supply fullback James running in support to score. this seemed to turn the game in Knutsford favour and they began to dominate.
There was some disappointment as Ed ‘the Destroyer’ Snook managed to knock himself out tackling the large Macc prop. Snook, always massively influencial, was replaced by the larger 2nd row Giles ‘the Enforcer’ Robertson. Some rearrangement was needed with the equally impressive Max ‘Hightower’ Crawford moving to 7 to replace Snook.
Knutsford piled on the pressure as after the halftime break to score seemingly whenever they wanted, as the Macc tackling disappeared. Adam ‘Snakehips’ Kelly filled his boots with another 3 tries, to the dismay of the Macc 7 who claimed after the first minute that Kelly would be ‘in his pocket all day!’ from that point. When asked in after the game whether he regretted this early show of confident bravado, he responded with a sullen ‘yeah, a little bit’.
‘Pocket-rocket’ Oli Mooney helped himself to a try after a number of good runs and probing kicks as did former circus performer Thomas ‘Tom’ Thompson, who intercepted a ball from Macc after applying great pressure in defence.
Knutsford made a number of changes as the half went on giving their whole squad a run out. Bob ‘one-gear’ Hamilton did particularly well when he switched to scrum half, showng real promise for a 17 year old. The Fuller brothers were again impressive. Wirey Nic Clawson again made good runs and chased well. Honest Sam Kemp, returning to the side, threw in well as Knutsford dominated in the lineout. Elegant fullback Lawrence James attacked well from the back and provided a safe pair of hands.
Overall it was a strong finish to the season for the blues on a day when the man who keeps the Knutsford 2s team ticking was laid up in hospital. The team’s thoughts were with Clarky and all wished him a speedy recovery. Well done boys, all in all a good year and a strong end to the season. Role on next year!