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Knutsford 2 Garswood United 1
12:03pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Sport
KNUTSFORD’S results record remains perfect even if their on-pitch performance was not at the weekend.
Reds came from behind to subdue Garswood, but owed a debt of gratitude to goalkeeper Mark Higgs for keeping them in the contest before half time.
Without his interventions, Paul Schofield’s men might have been beaten for the first time this term.
Not even he could prevent David Hughes from giving the visitors the lead, but a string of fine saves followed as the home team toiled to find their best form.
Reds were better after the break, but they struggled to find a way through even after the introduction of Mike Cartner and Lee Shakoor.
Instead reigning Cheshire League Player of the Year Dean Warburton turned the tie in his team’s favour with a stunning leveler with less than a quarter hour left.
Cutting in from the left, he sent a shot from distance swerving inside an upright to restore parity.
Buoyed, Knutsford nicked the points when substitute Sean Lynch rose highest to head home a corner with eight minutes left.
It broke Garswood hearts after a gallant display.
It leaves Knutsford eight points clear at the Division One summit after eight matches with Eagle their closest rivals.
Slow-starters Billinge are due at Manchester Road this weekend, kick off 3pm.
Knutsford Higgs (GK), Jones (Shakoor), Jenyons, Smart, Williamson, Michael Schofield (Cartner), Rezayan, Warburton, Pickford, Edmondson, Myers (Lynch). Sub not used Lewis.