Knutsford 4-3 Keswick
JONNY Price’s late winner helped Knutsford land a blow in their fight to be promoted for a second successive season.
His reverse-stick sweep shot, after captain Dave Price and Simon Trenbirth had combined from a penalty corner, looped over the visitors’ custodian to send the Black Knights up to third in the North West Men’s League’s top-flight.
They head to second-placed Liverpool Sefton this Saturday.
And they do so relieved not to have been left feeling regretful after letting slip a two-goal advantage at Westfield Drive against their Cumbrian opponents.
They took the lead early on when Graeme Wolfenden arrowed a shot into the top corner from a short corner.
That advantage doubled when the same player fired in a trademark reverse-stick shot shortly afterwards.
However Keswick halved their arrears before the break when an attacker was swift to steer in a rebound after his teammate’s initial attempt had struck a post.
An equaliser followed in the second half, this time from a counter-attack after Knutsford were robbed off possession.
Parity did not last long, and Gary Brown made it 3-2 when he ghosted into the circle before flicking in a cute finish.
Stuart Kenyon then fluffed a glorious chance to settle the outcome when he chose to dummy instead of shoot when left unmarked.
Knutsford were punished, conceding a third goal when a Keswick forward left goalkeeper Tom Wright with no chance after the visitors pinched the ball back high up the pitch.
Price’s decisive moment, with two minutes left, meant they wore smiles upon hearing the final whistle.