Knutsford did enough against Didsbury – Video report included.
In a fairly even 1st half Didsbury managed to sneak down their right wing repeatedly to score four tries to Knutsfords two. Knutsford were missing a number of backs and were forced to put players in unfamiliar positions which Didsbury exploited.
The second half was a very different story. Knutsford made a few changes as some late comers arrived onto the bench which enabled them to dominate the remainder of the game. Dave Owen made an instant impact and again got on the score sheet after some powerful runs. Elliot Lee was enthusiastic and score two debut tries. Thompson eventually moved back to the wing and kept up his try a game ratio.
Higgins playing his first game of the year was superb as always as part of an effective backrow with Branton and Hopewell. Canadian Rogers played well in his first game of the year at prop and half backs Webb and Selkirk made the difference as the game wore on. Jones from the bench scored an opportunist try as did Webb from 9, exploiting the gaps in the Didsbury defence. Knutsford forwards rucked and rucked and rucked some more for almost 80 minutes driving back and sucking in the Didsbury defence.
Overall Knutsford had a game plan, stuck to it and succeeded. They played a game that was fairly unusual to them, driving it mainly through the forwards and playing for territory where possible. With a number of players returning next week, Knutsford look forward to building on this outstanding result away to Crewe and Nantwich 3rds.