Knutsford 2s defeat top spot stock
The team as always containing a mixture of youngsters and vets were under the cosh from the kick off as Stockport’s well drilled forwards dominated in the opening 10 minutes. They weathered a storm of attacks and did well to remain in the game at 7 – 0 down. They got more and more into the game and began to exploit the wide open spaces of the Mereheath pitch.
Uri Maguinstein the wiley vet at 9 supplied Thompson to score in the corner. Lawrence James drop kicked the conversion from the touch line. The free scoring Thompson should have had another minutes later when he was bundled into touch as he crossed in the corner again. Outstanding this year so far and having scored at more than a try a game this season, Thompson looks like being a star at this level, especially if he learns how to finish!
McGarrigle came off the bench to replace Rowsell and had an immediate impact to score, which was converted. As the game went on Knutsford got more and more into the action and looked comfortable. They added more points through Thompson again. Selkirk continued to pin the Stockport team back with his excellent kicking and the pack tackled and rucked the hearts out to keep Stockport at bay.
Knutsford’s bench strength on the day made things a little more comfortable. Hamilton came on at fullback and showed his silky passing skills, Kenyon brought some front row relief towards then end and Andy Ford made a cameo in the last 15 minutes. The comment of the day came at the first scrum when Dave ‘Rhino’ Owen came on at hooker for Jordan Lyon. The Stockport flanker bemused asked Uri Maguinstein ‘why do you call him Rhino?’. Maguinstein retorted with a smile, ‘You’ll find out!’.
Rhino strengthened the pack and even got onto the score sheet as he caught a kick 5 metres from the Port line, after great fringe work from Kenyon. Owen crabbed his way through the Stockport tackles and scored under the posts. With the result in the bag Knutsford ground out the remaining minutes and won the match 26 – 14.
Again the youngsters were outstanding with Hamilton coming on well in the second half, Fuller and Barnes performing well in the pack and Lyon battling against exhaustion at hooker. Finn at second row was excellent as was man of the match Wayne ‘sleepy’ Trowbridge at 8. Trowbridge together with veteran crooner Jon Daley gave youngster Barnes a lesson on the day in the dark arts of the back row. Debutant Lee Williams looked very good at centre and one for the 1st team in the future.
The difference this week was that the seconds managed to put out a decent squad to face the league leaders, Stockport, who on the day were very accommodating in agreeing to kick off later than normal to allow for a double fixture booking at Edgerton. With some bigger names and exciting youngsters still to come back for the 2s it looks like being a good season if the team can continue to put in mature performances like this one.
Next week the seconds face Marple 3s away from home.
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