Fairfield Villa’s title push halted by Knowle - The Solihull Observer

Fairfield Villa’s title push halted by Knowle

Solihull Editorial 20th Feb, 2017 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2017   0

FOOTBALL: TWO second half goals from Sam Bethell and substitute Nathan Corry helped Knowle secure a 2-0 victory over Fairfield Villa and dent their opponent’s promotion push from the Midland League Division Two.

Knowle started brightly against high-flying Fairfield and almost took a ninth minutes lead when Alex Knight delivered into the box but Jamie Corrigan sent his header over the bar.

Three minutes later the visitors broke through the middle of the home defence but Torryn Connelly’s shot was straight into the arms of the grateful home keeper.

Knowle had to rely on keeper Conal Dowling to keep them in it as he made an excellent one handed save to his left then he saved well when the a Fairfield striker was through omn goal.

Charlie Evans got on the end of a Bethell ball over the top and whilst his first time volley squeezed past the home keeper, enough pace was taken off the ball to enable a Villa defender to get back to clear off the line.

Knowle started the second half in lively fashion with Bethell put through one-on-one but his effort was just wide of the goal.

Then Connelly held the ball up well for Bethell to play in Evans whose drive from 25 yards went just wide.

Knowle were not to be denied and took the lead in the 62nd minute when Bethell dived full length to head home from a Corrigan cross.

Ten minutes later a close range block by the home keeper denied Luke Fox after he latched onto a loose ball in the box following a corner.

With Villa pushing for an equaliser, Dowling cleared long to Alex Knight who put in substitute Corry but he shot over with only the keeper to beat.

Dowling then made two saves in quick succession to protect the Knowle lead which proved crucial as with three minutes remaining Knowle broke quickly with Knight again putting Corry in the clear and this time he made no mistake to secure the 2-0 win.

Knowle travel to Bloxwich Town on Saturday.

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