Knutsford Ladies lose sight of top four away from home
In the penultimate away game of the season, Knutsford’s ladies travelled to Timperley for a much-needed win, something they haven’t been able to achieve in five weeks.
The afternoon started with the home side applying pressure to Knutsford’s back line and after some neat interplay they managed to squeeze one past the goalkeeper.
Knutsford reacted well at 1-0, working hard to keep possession and work the ball down the pitch through Lucie Hinton and Millie Fitton on the right. This would work in the away side’s favour as they won a penalty corner, which was quickly seen out by Timperley’s defense. It was not long before another penalty corner was awarded but this time it was Timperley with the chance to put one away. Before Knutsford knew it, the score-line read 2-0 even after Knutsford appealed the decision, suggesting the attacking player entered the D prematurely in the set piece.
Knutsford were keen to play their own game however, and, within minutes Gill Lunt swiped the ball into Knutsford’s attacking area and Elin Rees struck the ball cleanly to make it 2-1. The half-time whistle blew and Knutsford received motivating words from their coach who reassured them that the game was still there for the taking.
New recruit, Lily Wasilewski demonstrated some promising runs up front in the early stages of the second half alongside Leigh Carroll-Jones who showed unbelievable skill to constantly push the ball forward in an effort to further Knutsford’s chances.
Equally, the away side’s defense did well to deny the entry of Timperley’s attackers with Sarah Evans and Liz Ball, who used Amanda Rees as a release on the left flank to eradicate any chance of a greater lead for the home side.
However, Knutsford conceded a questionable short corner, which gave Timperley a 3-1 lead.
As usual, Knutsford maintained positivity. Sarah Fielding proved to be vital for Knutsford as she controlled play in what seemed to be all areas of the pitch. Katie Price also fulfilled both defensive and attacking duties by using the width of the pitch to spread play, which resulted in a short corner for Knutsford. Unfortunately for the away side, nothing came of it and Timperley applied the pressure again. Another Timperley penalty short corner saw the game at 4-1, which was the final score.
Sarah Fielding and Katie Price received the player of the match awards after another consistent performance. Knutsford will move on to Neston at home where they hope to return to winning ways.
Written by Lucy White