Parkonian advances halted by Knutsford RUFC
They got off to a strong start and were rewarded early on with two well taken penalties from captain Mooney to put them 6 points to nil ahead.
Parkonians then started to dominate up front for a period and after responding with a penalty, they then scored from a five metre scrum through an aggressive charge from their strong No 8. to make the score 6 points to 8. This was an appropriate wake up call for Knutsford and they responded well with some tremendous work up front from the second row combination of Robertson and man of the match Coulbeck.
Knutsford were awarded two more penalties, one which was converted again by Mooney and with the last play of the first half he attempted a speculative effort from halfway which fell short and wide. Halftime – Knutsford 9 Parkonians 8
The second half got underway with both sides showing strong running and defence on occasions. Knutsford’s flankers Edmonds and Snook started to click, No 8 Layzell was winning his fair share in the lineout and with the backs getting good ball, the new centre pairing of Ratcliffe and Jones put in a series of powerful runs which resulted in a penalty 25 metres from the try line. A quick thinking tap from Mooney and some stylish jinking put him under the posts and he subsequently converted his own try.
Knutsford picked up the pace with renewed vigour and the forwards and backs start to link together well producing some exciting periods of play, but it was the quality of Knutsford’s defence, and in particular new signing Ratcliffe that would create the second try as the rush defence was taking its toll on Parkonians and this hard work paid off with an interception and score under the posts for another off season signing Rick Jones. The try was duly converted leaving the final score at 23-8 to Knutsford.
The final 10mins of the game wasn’t without incident with the loss of the Parkonians No.8 to a blood injury and near miss from Parkonians after a moment of madness by Knutsford flanker Snook which resulted in a yellow card.
The win puts knutsford in second place in the new look South Lancs. and Cheshire 3 league with delighted new manager Mark Todman commenting “It was a tough game, particularly in the first half but some excellent kicking from our captain Mooney, all round fitness, a strong back row and a great back line made the difference in the second half.”
Next week Knutsford are away to Port Sunlight. All support very welcome. For further details check www.knutsfordrugby.com