With confidence running low amongst the team after a bad run of results, Knutsford got off to a decent start with a fair share of both territory and possession in the the Linley half. However, the Knutsford cause took a blow when they conceded a try below the posts after their makeshift scrum lost one against the head.
Linley then started to dominate, and ran in 2 more tries and a conversion before half time, including a push over try from a 5 metre scrum.
Half Time Linley 19 Knutsford 5
Knutsford started the second half with intent, and their aggressive play paid off quickly when returning captain Mooney took advantage of a Linley handling error and won a kick and chase race to score in the corner.
This gave the Knutsford team a real lift, and some key players really started to turn it on. Higgins and Robertson were both making a difference up front with some tremendous charges, in addition young Barnes was having his best game to date for the 1sts.
However, all the pressure did not convert to points, and Linley put the game beyond reach, after being awarded a penalty which their kicker converted to put them 22 points to 5 ahead.
With the last play of the game, Linley scored another try after some comedy confusion in the Knutsford defence between Maxwell and James allowed their centre to breeze in under the posts to leave the final score at 29 points to 5 for the home side.
Some positives were to be taken from the game. With the influence of new coach Ryan Acton visible in patches of play, and if the team can take their second half performances into the first half, a good result should not be too far away for them.
Knutsford host local rivals Holmes Chapel in what will be another very tough game, with the home side looking to record their first win in their short history against their neighbours. Kick off 2.30pm. All support very welcome.
Linley 29 Knutsford 5
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