HOCKEY: Black Knights overturn two-goal deficit to inflict defeat on guests Bangor University (From Knutsford Guardian)
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HOCKEY: Black Knights overturn two-goal deficit to inflict defeat on guests Bangor University
KNUTSFORD recovered from two goals adrift to record a first league win of the new season against Bangor University, drawing praise from skipper Mat Hodge.
He said: “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
And the Black Knights had to battle after conceding in the first five minutes when a blocked shot fell kindly to a visiting player.
His attempt at goal was then deflected past goalkeeper Jay Punshon at the back post.
The home team played with an extra man for 10 minutes after Matt Lynes had been hauled down outside of the D as he tried to dribble past the visitors’ goalkeeper.
However Bangor doubled their lead before Knutsford could make the most of their advantage, punishing their hosts for surrendering possession cheaply.
Knutsford replied when Stuart Kenyon reached the byline, pulling back for Brown to flick home past Bangor’s helpless kicking back.
The Black Knights assumed control, creating chances from short corners without finding a decisive final touch.
At the other end, Punshon had to be alert when the Welsh outfit countered quickly, saving on more than one occasion when they shot at goal.
Knutsford levelled after going route one, Brown sending an aerial pass towards Hodge who with his first touch eluded a back-marker before hammering the ball into the net on the volley with his second. They pushed for maximum points afterwards, taking the lead after a short corner broke down for Brown to force the loose ball over the line.
A fourth goal might have followed from a late flurry of short corners, only for the final whistle to sound before one arrives.
Next up at the weekend is a trip north to Windermere.
Knutsford’s ladies registered only their second goal of the season in the Cheshire Women’s League’s Division One, but they still went down 2-1 at home to Bowdon fourths.
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