After 2 weeks of losing 50 points, the focus was to get back to winning ways.
The game got underway, despite a very questionable pitch which was both frozen and waterlogged in areas. The first half was a very close contest, and as the sides traded blows, the scoreline remained in deadlock.
Knutsford’s set piece looked in much better shape this week, and in particular the scrum was holding its own.
Knutsford also looked strong up front in the loose. Robertson, Edmonds and Higgins all showed some great ball carries and support for each other, and in defence Snook was proving to be a terror as always.
Knutsford’s pressure eventually told and the deadlock was eventually broken with a trademark try from Knutsford, showing what the team are capable of when they switch on. The ball went through many hands before ball got to the veteran Lockett who opened up and beat his man and finished off near the corner. James converted the tough kick.
Port hit back at the worst possible time for Knutsford, when on the stroke of half time they broke the line and their winger finished off underneath the posts to level the scoring as the whistle went.
Half Time Ellesmere Port 7 Knutsford 7
Knutsford got the second half underway in a strong and positive fashion, and dominated the start of the half. However, they failed to convert the pressure into points, and this would prove to be their downfall.
Two harsh decisions from the referee allowed Ellesmere Port kickable opportunities which they duly took to put them 6 points ahead.
With 20 minutes remaining, Knutsford introduced the returning Mooney, and despite some positive moves they could not make their possession count and Port took victory and the points.
Next week Knutsford travel to Linley for what will be a tough encounter – Manager Sam Fishburne is expecting a strong turnout at training this week to work on the aspects that have been letting the side down over the last few weeks as the club look to halt the slide.