This weekend, Knutsford mixed U14s played their first competitive match after training since September.
This weekend, Knutsford mixed U14s played their first competitive match after training since September. They faced Triton, an older and more experienced hockey side, but Knutsford relished the title of the 'unknown underdog'. The game started at a frantic pace, with the ball being passed around in typical Knutsford style: short and sharp, and doing the basics well. This was very pleasing, as these really are club values and for the U14s to have taken this on board so quickly is testimony to how far they have come already. Knutsford went into half time 2-1 down, but the focus and drive from such a young, new group of players was nothing short of outstanding. They came out in the second half, throwing the kitchen sink at the Triton defence. Triton, unfortunetly, managed a superb goal on the counter from a player that would not have been out of his depth playing senior hockey. Knutsford rallied and managed to score a magnificent solo effort of their own but it was not to be their day. Triton were simply too experienced and experienced for this young, brave Knutsford side. Coaches Mikey Power and Steve Torrie were delighted after the game with the team's attitude and performance, as were the large crowd of supporters. Many of the U14s clearly have a massive future at the club and it will not be too long before some of them start appearing in the senior teams, such is their level of improvement and superb attitude. Mikey Power said after the game: "A good team win and lose together, but a great team wins or loses and then does something to improve upon their weaknesses." Power makes a valid point, but this U14 side have few weaknesses and only need a couple of games more under their belt to increase experience before they become a real hockey force.