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HOCKEY: Plenty to build upon for Black Knights after loss
KNUTSFORD’S started the new season on the wrong end of a defeat at newly-promoted Timperley.
Buoyed by making progress in the Cheshire Plate seven days previously, they started with promise.
There were chances at both ends, with net-minder Jason Punshon called up on to make a fine save following an early short corner routine.
Timperley took the lead shortly afterwards, when a hopeful ball was drilled into the Knutsford D only to take a ricochet off a defender’s stick to deflect it past a stranded goalkeeper.
Knutsford rallied, replying almost instantly.
A series of quick, short, and accurate passes complemented by intelligent movement from the forwards has become a trademark of this side and it was an approach that brought the Black Knights level.
Skipper Mat Hodge laid it off to player coach Simon Trenbirth, who made no mistake slotting his finish past the hosts’ goalkeeper.
Knutsford then took the lead when the persistence of Stuart Kenyon was rewarded as found the back of the net at the third time of asking.
Timperley equalised before half time through another deflected effort.
Knutsford were slow to get going in the second half, and trailed again after conceding two goals in quick succession.
The home team added a fifth goal as the visitors pushed forward, a sixth following when the Black Knights committed numbers to attack and were caught by a counter.
They refused to let their heads drop though; it was testament to the spirit of the side that they continued to take the game to their opponents and pulled a goal back through star man Hodge during their best spell.
Afterwards, Trenbirth was in philosophical mood.
He said: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.”
The Black Knights visit Formby in the North West Men’s League this weekend.
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