September 29th, 2016

Knowle get the better of rivals Earlswood in Midland Division Two encounter

Updated: 5:12 pm, Sep 02, 2015

LOCAL bragging rights went to Knowle after they narrowly beat Earlswood Town 1-0 in the Midland League Division Two.

Earlswood travelled to Hampton Lane on Bank Holiday Monday and perhaps they can count themselves unlucky not to have come away with at least a share of the spoils.

But goals win games and although they had many chances they did not have anyone up front to put the final ball into the net.

The home team were awarded a free kick after two minutes but this was well cleared by the Earlswood defence before Alex Knight was put through by Matt Seeley minutes later but the Knowle goalkeeper came out to save his shot.

At the other end a Knowle forward cut in of the right and sent in a shot just wide of the Earlswood post before full-back Sam Hawkers sent a free-kick wide of goal.

After 25 minutes Earls keeper Dave Hancock was caught off his line and a Knowle forward was unlucky when his lob bounced off the top of the Earlswood bar and out for a goal kick.

Both teams were creating chances and the Earlswood midfield, with Jaminez Martinez, making his Earlswood debut after his international clearance from Spain, was supplying plenty of passes to their lacklustre forwards.

Three minutes before time the visitors were awarded a free kick just outside the Knowle penalty area but Brad Morris’s effort was headed out for a comer.

Two minutes into the second half Earlswood were awarded another free kick which was well saved by the Knowle keeper.

And on 51 minutes a long pass by Knight went to Brad Morris who was robbed of the ball as he was shaping up to shoot.

Play was confined mainly to midfield at this stage but one or two passes from the Earlswood players were going astray on the greasy surface.

Knowle forced Dave Hancock into a fine save as the half progress while at the other end Alex Knight went on a good run down the left but his final shot went well wide.

The breakthrough finally came ten minutes time when when a Knowle forward picked a ball up just past the half way line and after taking it on a few paces sent in a long range effort which keeper Hancock had well covered, but it took a cruel deflection off an Earlswood defender and went into the visitors net.

After this Earlswood went for the equaliser but some stern defending by the Knowle team saw them hang on to all three points.

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