AFTER beating top-of-the-table Birkenhead Park 42-38 the previous week. Knutsford Rugby Club first XV travelled to Capenhurst with high hopes.

But the men in blue were unable to make it three league wins on the run as they fell 31-17.

After some substantial rain in the morning, the pitch conditions favoured the home opposition.

Capenhurst started the game better and soon found themselves 14-0 in front after some strong forward runs found the KRFC defence idle in the opening minutes.

Implementing their game plan that has served them well in the opening rounds, Knutsford found their form.

They began attacking well through strong runs from Page and Robertson.

Eventualy the ball found Cameron Smyth off his wing and a looping pass allowed Jack Field to reach the try line in the corner.

The conversion was neatly taken by Alex Malcolm to gain the extras.

Knutsford's second try was found in the same vein after a break through the middle allowed Walker and Grieves to feed player coach Edmonds to bring the score to 14-12 at the break.

The second half saw Capenhurst grow in ascendancy at the set-piece but Knutsford's defence held strong for multiple waves of attack from the home team forwards.

Although some clever running from Malcolm gained Knutsford a third try, Capenhurst managed the game well with kicked penalties and further scores to complete their win.

Knutsford will regroup and host Winnington Park on Saturday to get their season back on track.