Capenhurst 17-43 Knutsford

SAM Cook crossed for the all-important try as Knutsford brushed off some rust during their first outing in three weeks.

Coach Chris Edmonds said it was Blues' best 'team performance' of the season, with the points hard-earned.

Twice the visitors conceded in the first-half and thwarted an attempted fightback after the break before Cook - skipper for the day - scored from a well-worked backs move.

Knutsford's seventh try late on from Giles Robertson added some gloss but it was the ability to turn over possession that allowed the visitors to take control.

From one such act, followed by strong runs from Matt Cornes and Kyle Blake, Rob Richardson sprinted home from halfway in response to Capenhurst's first-minute score from a rolling maul.

After the hosts capitalised on some poor defending with another try, a turnover inside the opposition 22 from the restart allowed Knutsford's forwards to make space for Alex Malcolm to touch down.

Ted Cawson's defensive qualities shone as Capenhurst were repelled before another turnover, along with some pressure by the forwards, brought Richardson's second try and a lead that was never lost.

Malcolm added his second score for a 24-12 interval cushion.

Kyle Blake extended the advantage, despite the first of two 10-minute spells in which Capenhurst camped inside the Blues half - the second of which resulted in a responding try ahead of Cook's intervention.

Glossop, whose only victory of term so far came against Knutsford, are the visitors on Saturday, kick-off 2.15pm.