4th placed Lymm would be a sterner test though and you could tell from the youthful guys they fielded, that this was going to be an explosive contest.
Knutsford kept the ball nicely in the opening exchanges and held some decent field position; and after only 5 mins were 1 up thanks to George Nairns' calmness in the D. The ball had fizzed about like a catherine wheel without Lymm clearing their lines, only for Georgie to intelligently dink the ball over Lymm's GK.
Lymm were stunned, all their pre game plotting was looking flawed. 15 mins later saw the introduction at RB of ex England schoolboy paul howarth
after a sabbatical of some 20 years. Class is permanent however and once he found his feet Paul's touch & vision looked solid.
Lymm however had started to boss the midfield with runners coming from deep almost at will and Knutsford were fortunate that they shot wide 3 or 4 times in quick succession. Karl Stanier then provided a hammer blow by starting a move on their 25, feeding Henry Pass
who allowed Karl to bang home from close range. 2-0 to our heroes.
On the stroke of halftime Knutsford defended 3 shorts resolutely, Steve Hope
's running at number 1 proving an obstacle to Lymm. On the final occasion where the shot got away 14 year old Jack Pass
showed his ability & character yet again to make a top drawer knee height save and maintain Knutsford's advantage.
We expected fireworks from Lymm early in the second half, and that's just what happened. Lymm's younger midfield legs got to the ball first and they piled on the pressure rocketing the ball around.
The blue touchpaper was lit on 45 mins however as Andy Lynes was sent to the bin for 5 mins having poured petrol on the flames by applauding the umpire. Lymm pressed home their numerical advantage to score twice in the 5 to make it 2-2.
The final quarter was played at pace with gaping holes all over the park unplugged by tiring legs. However it was the composed & skilful Sam Swift on home debut who scored the winner with a firecracker of a slap from Inside Left.
The final whistle assured Knutsford the points following this workmanlike 3-2 victory. Next Saturday we visit Bowdon for another stern test of our credentials.
MoM Jack Pass
DoD. The 2s capt for getting the 3s capt green carded from the sidelines.