Helsby 12 Knutsford 53
HELSBY started poorly and never recovered as Knutsford ran out clear winners in Saturday’s South Lancs/Cheshire Three encounter.
The visitors were allowed too much space in the opening minutes and they capitalised by scoring a converted try.
It was quickly followed by two more scores to leave basement side Helsby reeling.
A tactical switch paid dividends for the hosts when man-of-the-match Bob Merrill, moved into the pack, took a pass from Jimmy Walker to score.
But Helsby still found themselves 22-5 down at the half-time interval and Knutsford went on to score a further five tries after the break.
Helsby’s only reply came late on when Andrew Rowlinson bagged an interception try and kicked the conversion.
Helsby are away to mid-table Prenton this Saturday.