Knutsford 39 Helsby 5

KNUTSFORD enjoyed only their third win of the season when completing a league double over back-markers Helsby on Saturday.

A heavy pitch meant Blues called on their forward line and, after a spell of dominance, the hosts were able to send Rob Hardman over for the opening try.

Alex Wilson converted to establish a seven-point lead before Hardman touched down again for the hosts.

Tries from Sam Catling, Dave Owen and Richard Chambers followed to make it 29-0 by the break, guaranteeing a bonus point.

Coach Geoff Crawford made changes during the interval, utilising his replacements to give the side fresh impetus in difficult conditions.

League strugglers Helsby came out battling, but could not halt Knutsford’s Giles Robertson crashing over for the hosts’ sixth try.

The visitors’ efforts were rewarded, however, when they scored a try in the corner after a period of pressure on the home team’s line to reduce the deficit to 34-5.

They continued to press for a second score, but Knutsford’s defence held firm and instead added a score of their own when Jon Fuller raced from his own 22 to score in the corner.

Crawford praised the manner of his side’s victory, and is hoping to take the momentum into Saturday’s game at Oldershaw. Ted Cawson scooped the man of the match award. The club is recruiting players for the senior team.

For further details, contact Steve Mooney on 07891 488427 or attend training at Knutsford Academy every Thursday from 7.15pm.