Knutsford 34Ellesmere Port 12
DISAPPOINTMENT will be the dominant feeling in the Ellesmere Port camp for the next fortnight.
As they wait for their final game of the South Lancs/Cheshire Three season, at home to Holmes Chapel, the players can reflect on an away game they could have won on Saturday.
Port were on top in the opening exchanges but with good ball movement the hosts took the early lead 5-0 with a try.
The reply came swiftly, James Callaghan finding Nathan Quinn to ground a converted try and swing the lead to the visitors.
A great passage of rugby followed as Paul Edwards picked out Callaghan to cross the whitewash and make it 12-5.
Just before the break ill discipline gave away a penalty which Knutsford converted but Port led 12-8 at the whistle.
The second half saw Port again put in a strong showing, but the expansive game Knutsford had attempted to employ in the first half began to bear fruit after the break.
They got in around Port and made the scores they needed to win, although the final score was perhaps flattering based on the performance of Port.
Port head coach Dave Layder said: “Aspects of that game were perhaps the best rugby I have seen from this team all season.”