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FOOTBALL: Joe makes history as champs bounce back
CHAMPIONS Knutsford re-discovered their title-winning form in emphatic fashion as they hit Denton Town for six in the Cheshire League top-flight on Saturday.
Joe Woolley became the youngest player to bag a hat-trick for Knutsford as Sean Lynch’s double and a Carlos Edmondson effort eased the visitors to victory after mid-week defeat at Rudheath.
Lynch’s opener came after three minutes from close range when he connected with Liam Myers’ cross, but a whirlwind start had already seen Edmonson hit the post and James Pickford’s effort blocked.
Woolley collected his first and Knutsford’s second on 10 minutes when Myers’ delivery found the 17-year-old in space and he coolly slotted into the corner.
Michael Schofield and Edmondson then brought saves from the Denton stopper after Bobby Russell had gone close from a free kick and Lynch fired at a defender with the goal gaping.
The hosts were offered a glimmer of hope after 30 minutes as Russell was adjudged to have dived in with two feet and Knutsford were reduced to 10 men with an hour to play.
However, in-form youngster Woolley guaranteed the visitors a three-goal advantage before the break, dribbling past his man before firing right-footed into the bottom corner.
James Pickford tested the Denton keeper after the interval, before Lynch grabbed his second to kill off the hosts with 53 minutes gone.
The lively Edmondson fired over from 20 yards, following a rare foray forward from bottom-placed Denton which ended with them striking a post.
Edmondson and Lynch combined to lay on Schofield, who fired wide, but minutes later his effort rebounded off the post to Woolley who calmly rounded the keeper to slot home.
Edmondson won his reward for a strong performance late on, slotting past the keeper from 12 yards after Lynch was brought down in the box.
Reds were due to visit Styal last night, Tuesday.
Their hosts were seeking a first point of term after three defeats.
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