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FOOTBALL: Extra time needed as Knutsford edge seven-goal thriller
KNUTSFORD needed extra time to overcome Gamesley in the first round of the League Cup on Saturday.
A Joel Swift strike, Matt Woolley double and a penalty form younger brother Joe saw the reigning Cheshire League Division One champions edge out their opponents in a seven-goal thriller.
Michael Dewhurst, on a return from a lengthy lay-off through injury, opened the scoring on 11 minutes when he collected a throughball to fire past Mark Higgs.
Gamesley doubled their lead moments later in an action-packed quarter of an hour with Dewhurst again on target and the forward was denied a hat trick on 16 minutes when his volley was ruled offside.
It took until 32 minutes for Knutsford to find a way back into the game, the 17-year-old Woolley brought down on the edge of the box allowing his brother to curl a free kick inside the post from 25 yards.
And the visitors were level before the break, Swift pinching the ball off a Gamesley defender and smashing home one-on-one.
A goalless second half followed, but Knutsford took the ascendancy in the first period of extra time when Woolley converted from the spot after his older sibling was fouled.
Gamesley equalised after manager Chris Adams was sent off, but Matt Woolley’s corner dropped under the bar with two minutes to go for a Knutsford winner.
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