Knutsford “Fyle” down opposition.
The Kasuals progressed to the second round of the Miller Homes Raging Bull Shield following an impressive 28-5 win at home against the legendary Fylde Vandals.
Despite some late changes to the team, the Kasuals started the stronger and within 20 minutes had gone 7 points up following a powerful run by the impressive Nigel Muirhead, playing in his preferred position in the back row. Indeed within 10 minutes Nigel powered over for his second try which was once again converted by Steve McGuinness to give the Kasuals a 14 point lead at half time.
In the second half the Vandals came back strong, helped by the on loan Knutsford duo Callum Hulbert and Guy Bartlet who were both outstanding for their adopted team. Indeed Callum was man of the match for his performance in the Fylde front row which he capped with an individual try from a quick penalty early in the second half.
With the scoreline reading 14-5 it was very much game on, but the Kasuals always remained in control and with 20 minutes gone in the second half Knutsford struck again. After sustained pressure on the Flyde defence up front, the ball was released out the back line, and substitute fullback Jones came into the line to outnumber the opposition and finish off a superb move.
In the bruising final period of the game the Vandals used all their weight and experience but could not breach the ferocious Kasual’s defence led as always by James Whittaker. The match was eventually put beyond the Vandal’s grasp after the enigmatic Nigel Muirhead dived over for what everyone but the referee thought was his hatrick and “jug winning” try. However in the confusion that followed on from the try being disallowed, stand in hooker Robin Maxwell seized the loose ball and made certain of the score.
Special mention also to Joe Pugh who was as busy as ever around the park and played in no fewer than 4 positions as injuries took their toll in the latter stages of the game
Knutsford now await their opposition for the next round, with the hope that they can match or improve on their cup run from last season. This weekend see’s the 1stXV travel to Port Sunlight and the 2ndXV entertain local rivals Lymm.
Final Score Knutsford 28 Flyde 5 – For more information, fixtures, joining Knutsford Rugby Club, results and social events including the anual rugby ball please visit the official website: http://www.knutsfordrugby.com
Photography by Jonathan Farber