Match report below of Knowle's cup game against Littleton on Wednesday 11th October.
Knowle into quarter-finals with another giant killing performance
Knowle again toppled higher league opposition when they travelled to Littleton on Wednesday evening following their demolition of Chelmsley Town in the last round.
Knowle started brightly with Kieran Day getting behind the home defence but neither Jamie Corrigan nor Nathan Day could get their heads on his dangerous crosses. Littleton responded with a cross from the left that was poked just past the post and then in the 20th minute a header from a corner was deflected off Toby Checketts onto the bar. Nick Oakley's short back pass was pounced on by the Littleton striker to round Conal Dowling in the Knowle goal only for Niall Gilbride to get back to block his effort at goal. Littleton thought they had taken the lead when their striker flicked a through ball past Dowling into the net only for the linesman to flag for offside. Then with 3 minutes of the half remaining Nathan Corry won the ball in the opposition half and put through for Steven Ruck to run in on goal and slot into the corner past the advancing keeper to give Knowle the lead.
Littleton came back out determined to get back on level terms and created an opening with a cross from the left that fortunately for Knowle was headed straight at Dowling. Knowle had a break at the other end with Corrigan holding up the ball well before passing out to Gilbride to cross for Ruck who shot just wide. Littleton came straight back at Knowle and Oakley did well to block a shot from 15 yards to protect the lead. Whilst Littleton were having the majority of the possession they were struggling to break down a resolute Knowle defence and Knowle were creating chances on the break with Corrigan creating a nuisance for the home defence. Corry couldn't quite get on the end of one cross and then Day's diving header from another excellent delivery went straight at the home keeper. Callum Ingram also had a drive from 25 yards sail over the bar and when Gilbride did likewise his shot went into the arms of the keeper. As the game went into added time the home team launched countless crosses and corners into the area but the Knowle defence held firm with Dowling punching clear when his defenders were unable to head away. After 7 minutes of added time the referee finally blew his whistle to end the game and see Knowle advance to the quarter final.
Knowle next travel to Northfield on Saturday before hosting Christ the King in the Birmingham Vase on 21st October.
Updated 11:52 - 16 Oct 2017 by Grant Harrison