Disaster for Knights.
Knutsford succumbed to a disastrous defeat to Colwyn Bay at Westfield Drive on Saturday. With both teams struggling at the foot of Northwest Division 1, three points were imperative for both sides.
With the inclement weather providing a two week snow-break it was perhaps inevitable that the match was going to be a little disjointed as the players found their feet. It was Knutsford who settled more quickly and played the better hockey in the early stages. Stuart Kenyon provided the drive from midfield and provided ammunition for Mat Hodge and Ollie Ruby.
Simon Trenbrith opened the scoring with a short corner drag-flick. This collectors item should have inspired Knutsford for a second victory of the season against their Welsh opponents. However 2 goals in quick succession from the Welshmen put Knutsford on the back foot. The first from open play was an unlucky own goal from Dan Allen. The second was a ricochet from a shortcorner off Simon Locke’s ankle that fell kindly for the striker to fire home.
Mike Power, returning from Lithuania to play in this game, entered the fray and immediately began to make an impact. Simon Trenbrith started to dictate the game and Dan Allen was everywhere, proving that at 30 that his legs are still as effective as ever.
A key moment was when Tristan Baddeley conspired to miss the goal 3 centimetres out, blaming a bobble off the pancake flat Astroturf. This was to prove a pivotal moment.
Knutsford’s improving play was then offset by two yellow cards for Ed Higgs (appalling tackle) and Ollie Ruby (appalling handbags) which for a time put Knutsford down to 9 men.
This directly prevented a comeback that the supporters felt inevitable until this point. When Knutsford were finally restored to 11 men with 5 minutes remaining, the assault on Colwyn Bay’s goal was once again resumed. Knutsford did score to set up a wonderful finale but time ran out and the most important 3 points of the season were lost.
Knutsford will reflect over the Christmas break on a poor first half of the season. Staying in this division in this Centenary season will become the major target now in the New Year.
Final Score: Colwyn Bay 3 – Knutsford 1