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HOCKEY: Late pain for Knights
KNUTSFORD were denied a first point of the season in the North West Men’s League on Saturday when hosts Formby seconds scored a last-minute winner.
It was more than the hosts’ performance had merited.
The Black Knights took a deserved lead when captain Mat Hodge timed his run to the back post perfectly to slot home.
Prompted by player coach Simon Trenbrith, they continued to dominate possession, while comfortably keeping out Formby at the other end of the pitch.
That was until the half hour mark when net-minder Jay Punshon, a spectator previously, was beaten for the first time.
The patter did not deviate after the interval, with Knutsford controlling the play.
They created chances too, but could not convert from open play or from penalty corners until Hodge conjured a second goal for himself after taking the ball past a back-marker and firing a shot past the goalkeeper at his near post.
Punshon kept Formby at bay until they restored parity through an own goal with five minutes left.
Their third, decisive, goal, had quality though – an unstoppable drag flick with the game’s last touch.
For Knutsford, defeat was hard to take after they had played so well.
Trenbirth said: “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”
The Black Knights will hope for a change of fortune when they welcome the students of Bangor University to Westfield Drive this Saturday.
Knutsford men’s thirds lost 7-2 at Sale thirds in Division Seven South East.
Under 16s players Ted Parr and Freddie Pass shared the man of the match prize for the visitors.
Knutsford’s ladies continue to struggle, conceding seven goals without reply at Sale in the Cheshire Women’s League top tier.
They prop up the table without a point to date this season.
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