Knutsford came off second best in their weekend game with local rivals Holmes Chapel.
The game did not take long to get going with Chapel registering their first points with an easy taken penalty after a Knutsford infringement. Knutsford responded straight from the kick off, and as they rushed the Chapel backs, Maxwell charged down a kick, collected and went over for a try.
This was to turn out to be Knutsford’s only points of the half, as a combination of very poor set plays and missed tackles from the visitors, along with some well drilled moves would see Chapel run in no fewer than 4 tries and another penalty, which almost ended the game as a contest.
The second half would see a much better performance from Knutsford despite suffering yet another bout of injuries to 3 of their players, an unfortunate issue which has plagued them all too often this season.
Knutsford managed to run in 3 tries in the second half. A trademark jinky run from James saw the out-half go in under the posts after some strong running in the loose from the Knutsford pack. Another phase of strong pick and go’s from the Knutsford pack would allow Perry to go in under the posts. Knutsford’s other try came from debutant Clawson, who read a poor pass from the Chapel back line, intercepted and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts.
Despite the positives of their attacking play, Knutsford were still frail at the set piece and in defence, and, alongside some unfortunate breaks, Chapel scored another 4 tries and a penalty in the second half to seal a convincing win.
Knutsford have a week off next week, and they will hope that the break will give enough time to allow some of their key players to get back to fitness for their next game, at home to Capenhurst on the 14th November.