Knutsford struggle in the sun
However, from the start it was clear that the vast majority of the team’s minds were back in their home town as Parkonians started on the front foot. The home side quickly got on the scoresheet with a well taken try after their back-line worked their way through a very leaky Knutsford defence to score.
Parkonians doubled their tally soon after, and it looked like it was going to be a long day in the baking heat for the men in blue. Eventually Knutsford started to get some shape to their game, and with some good performances up front from Robertson and Barnes, the away side began to provide a platform for their back-line. But it was not to be Knutsford’s day, and despite fantastic distribution from debutant Crawford at scrum half, they could not punish the well drilled Parkonian team.
Indeed, it was Parkonians who would score again before the half was over with another two tries as the Knutsford pack found themselves under pressure in the set piece.
The second half began much like the first, and Parkonians put the game beyond all doubt with four more tries, many as a result of a poor defensive line from Knutsford.
As the end of season game petered out, Knutsford managed a couple of consolation tries to bring a little touch of dignity back to what was generally a miserable day for them. First, Jones went over the whitewash, after some strong running and rucking from the pack.
Shortly after, James jinked his way through the Parkonians defence to score, avoiding an attempted trip from the Park prop on the way.
In the closing minutes, Knutsford welcomed back former captain Fishburn from injury, who showed what the team had been missing with some trademark rumbles up the park.
All in all a day to forget for the Knutsford boys, and with one game remaining the team will be determined to finish on a high, with many of the players looking to make amends for this poor performance.