Knutsford almost pulled off a great escape, with a monumental comeback on Saturday but in the end it was too little too late.
Parkonians quickly got to work and had ran in three tries within the first ten minutes as Knutsford failed to get to grips with the game. Too many missed tackles meant it was all too easy for the Birkenhead outfit and their forwards were dominating in both the loose and at the scrum. Knutsford had a couple of positive moves and runs but Parkonians took advantage of their overall dominance with yet another avoidable try which took the score to 24 points to nil at halftime.
Things were too get worse for Knutsford, as they went down to 13 men after an injury to Fishburne on the stroke of half time, and as the second half got underway they leaked another try in the corner when Parkonians loaded the blindside and their numbers advantage told.
At this point something triggered in the Knutsford boys, and with James finding some good positional kicks, the forwards started to dominate the ageing Parkonians. Dawson had a strong run before offloading to James, he then fed Maxwell who put his centre partner Lindsay in for his first try for the club. Mooney converted. 29 – 7
Knutsford again went on the attack and when Mooney kicked through a loose ball, the Parkonians defence missed the ball and Maxwell was there to touch down.
The away team had really got their tails up and it was hard to tell who was playing with 13 men as the Knutsford pack overran their opposite numbers again and again in the loose. After a number of pick and drives from the Knutsford forwards, they found themselves just short of the line. Maxwell picked up from the back of the ruck 5 metres out, and found the gap to go over for his second of the day. Mooney slotted the conversion to leave the final score 29-19.
Overall there was plenty to forget about in the first half but the second half was littered with positive performances. Williams put in a great effort in covering both wings, superb defensive work from Lindsay and some penetrating runs from Dawson and Dunkerley has given the management plenty of food for thought for next weeks league game with Ellesmere Port at home (Kick Off 3pm) when many of the injured are expected to make a return to the squad.