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Schofield sure his Reds can score enough goals
KNUTSFORD boss Paul Schofield says his team’s spirit is strong after they won the Cheshire League’s Memorial Trophy for the first time at the weekend.
Midfielder Dean Warburton’s brilliant brace helped Reds to come from behind to beat likely title rivals Eagle Sports to secure a first piece of silverware.
“It’s great to see this group is still hungry,” he said.
“We weren’t at our best, far from it, but our sheer will to win got us over the line.
“A lot of people will be wondering whether we’ll have the same desire after finishing first last season. I think we answered that on Saturday.”
Warburton’s drive from distance on 55 minutes restored parity after Nathan Williams’ first half opener for the visitors at Manchester Road.
Poor defending at a free kick soon afterwards left them behind once again though.
Substitute Lee Shakoor scored from close range with a quarter hour left to make it 2-2, then Warburton – Cheshire League Player of the Year last term – settled the outcome with another perfectly-placed shot.
Reds’ boss told the Guardian that the loss of top scorer Tom Rutter to Football Conference club Vauxhall Motors would not harm his team’s title defence.
Front man Liam Myers, who scored 13 goals before Rutter’s arrival last term, is a more than capable replacement.
“It’s easy to forget the contribution Liam made before he was injured,” added Schofield.
“He’s almost back to full fitness again now, so will be important to us once more.” Knutsford host Denton in their season opener this Saturday.