Knutsford resumed their league campaign with an emphatic win over Helsby at the weekend | Knutsford Times

Knutsford resumed their league campaign with an emphatic win over Helsby at the weekend

By on December 15, 2009

The game got underway with a quick exchange of penalties. Helsby struck first after a Knutsford infringement just outside the 22. Straight from the kick off, Knutsford responded with 3 points, again from just outside of the 22. This settled Knutsford into their game, and with a much improved scrum creating a strong platform, the Knutsford backline had a chance to show their qualities and they did not disappoint.

The first try of the game came about after a prolonged period of Knutsford pressure. After a kick and chase from Heaney, Mooney went down the blindside from the back of the ensuing ruck and after a strong run he offloaded to Lockett who finished it off in the corner.

Before the end of the first half, Knutsford doubled their try count. The ball came out of a ruck and went through the hands of no fewer than four Knutsford players before the returning Layzell finished the move off.

Half Time Helsby 3 Knutsford 15

Knutsford started the second half lethargically, and it took a special individual effort from young winger Clawson to get the team going again. Clawson received the ball on the half way line and beat no fewer than 5 of the opposition before finishing off close to the posts for Mooney to convert.

This kicked Knutsford into action, and after a well worked back line move which saw Maxwell break through the Helsby line, Knutsford were eventually stopped just short of the Helsby line. From the resulting ruck, Mooney collected and went over the line.

Clawson then collected his second try of the game with an almost identical try to cap off a terrific performance from the emerging talent. The final try of the game was finished off by debutant Hamilton who finished off after the ball was quickly shifted out the back line.

This was a good performance from Knutsford, with all the players at times showing what they are capable of. Special mention goes to Clawson with his 2 fine solo tries, and in the forwards the front row started to come together which helped set a strong platform for the backs.

Knutsford will be hoping for more of the same next week when they travel to Linley with a 2.15pm kick off for what is sure to be a tough fixture.

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