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Triple glory for Knutsford Rugby 1st XV
Knutsford Rugby 1st XV had their first game at home in 3 weeks after 2 weeks on the road and were looking to make it 3 in a row against a notoriously ambitious Congleton side.
Knutsford started brightly and a high kick off was caught by the powerful Chris Edmonds, who shrugged off 4 Congleton players with a burst to the line, it was defended resiliently by the Congleton front line before some quick ball secured by great forward play from Callum Hulbert and Tom Page resulted in a burst through the line from fullback Rick Jones to score. Knutsford continued the blistering start with some great interplay in the forwards between Rick Baxter, Dafydd Williams and Ed Snook resulting in a true forwards Try in the corner scored by the mercurial Tom Page.
New wingman Matt Fuller continued his try scoring prowess with the first of 2 with some great long passing from the back of a well won scrum, Angus Crawford fed Cook who threw a long miss pass to put Fuller through the Congleton back line with room to run. A similar move again from great positional play involving a Cook up and under with a great catch from Sam Kemp on the right wing resulted in a scrum to Knutsford. Ed Bond and Giles Robertson marshalled the scrum perfectly, the ball was fed out and Chris Edmonds, conveniently positioned on the left wing, received a 20m pass from Cook to score in the corner.
Again just before half time,great ball secured from a lineout was delivered to Chris Perry on a crash ball, the ball was passed through Spencer to Lockett who powered through to score.
The 2nd half began with Knutsford heavily under pressure through a good period of Congleton pressure, Ed Snook put in his usual display of huge tackling, Rick Jones stopping their fullback in full flow with a huge tackle and Sam Kemp coming off his wing to lend a hand. In the end, good passing from their backs allowed an overlap which their winger duly converted to create some uncertainty amongst the penalty count and Knutsford defense.
This was quickly quashed however as a high and accurate kick off from Cook, landed right on the 10m line into Chris Edmonds hands, who dodged, weaved and battered his way through the whole Congleton team to score in a brilliant individual effort. This led to a Knutsford onslaught with again great forwards work from Hulbert, Robertson and Williams resulting in Perry going over from the back of a maul and Matt Fuller scoring the 2nd half of his brace in yet more open play and good hands by Cook, Spencer and Edmonds.
Knutsford then won a penalty from a mistake by a Congleton flanker leading to Cook opting to take the lineout and putting Knutsford in a good position on our half way line, a meticulously executed scissors move between Cook and Jones allowed Jones to go straight through the Congleton back line, over their fullback and under the posts to score from inside his own half.
Johnny Spencer followed with his maiden try for the club in only his 3rd appearance after good hands in the backs and a great inside centres run before Chris Edmonds rounded his hat trick off in true style, again receiving it on the wing to go over in the corner. Captain Sam Cook said of the performance ‘it was good to come off the back of 2 away wins and perform convincingly like we did in the first game of the season, we have work to do this week in training to prepare for next week but we are showing signs of what Knutsford is all about, free flowing and high scoring rugby. The all important bonus points add up so 3 wins on the bounce, 2 with said bonus point is impressive’.
Overall a great match, loyally supported by Knutsfords home fans, man of the match was Knutsfords Ed Snook after a goliath performance around the rucks and mauls and good hands in open play. Thanks must go out to those who showed up to offer support, next game is at home vs top of the league Prenton.
Final score Knutsford 1st XV 57 – Congleton 1st XV 17