Prescot 2-4 Knutsford

A VICTORY in their next game on Saturday would send Knutsford significantly closer to realising their dream of returning to the North League next season.

The Black Knights start a meeting with Didsbury Northern seconds with a seven-point lead at the summit.

However they will be conscious their closest-rivals won a first meeting between the teams in October.

For that reason captain Tom Howard continues to avoid looking too far ahead.

He said: “Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

His side had to stay focused before subduing testing opponents last weekend, when they trailed initially to a goal scored at the end of a swift counter-attack.

Knutsford restored parity before the break through in-form Graeme Wolfenden, who rifled high into the net at the second attempt following a penalty-corner.

They took the lead when Jonny Price finished emphatically after Iain Lawrence had teed him up from inside the D.

And the visitors felt more comfortable shortly afterwards when Simon Trenbirth made it 3-1 after he found a shooting space.

Prescot served a warning that they would not roll over when they clawed a goal back before proceeding to send players forward in an attempt to score an equaliser.

Their hopes were ended though when Keelan Sherwani, after cleverly breaking into space, was cynically fouled.

Gary Brown converted the resulting penalty stroke, and the Black Knights had a sixth successive win within their grasp.

Push-back on Saturday is 2pm.