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HOCKEY: What a way to recover
KNUTSFORD preserved their perfect home record at Macclesfield’s expense on Saturday.
The Black Knights have been victors in each of three games on their own pitch in league and cup this season, this the second time they have won 5-1.
“I’m really proud of how we performed,” said player coach Simon Trenbirth afterwards.
“The way we won together as a team, with all areas contributing, is the best way to rebuild after last week’s nightmare.”
Knutsford took the lead after a quarter hour when Trenbirth was presented with a second chance to shoot after a short corner was only partially cleared. He made no mistake.
Macc levelled before the break following a counter attack, a miss-hit cross reaching an unmarked man at the far post who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Jason Punshon.
The hosts recovered quickly, edging ahead when Johnny Price arrowed a reverse stick shot into the bottom corner.
He repeated the trick to make it 3-1, this time after new recruit Buxton – switched from defence to the point of the attack after sustaining an injury – had shot on the turn.
When the rebounded ball came his way, Price was decisive from an acute angle.
The Black Knights were reduced to 10 men when captain Mat Hodge was sent to the sin bin as punishment for a rash tackle, but it did not disrupt the pattern.
A fourth goal arrived after a well-executed short corner, this time Brown picking his spot.
He turned provider for goal number five, drilling a low cross that Osbourne deflected past the net-minder.
Knutsford thirds, able to field only 10 players, were outplayed by Alderley Edge’s fifths in Division Seven South East, losing 7-0.
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