FOOTBALL - Knowle return to winning ways with Hampton thrashing before Alvis victory - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Knowle return to winning ways with Hampton thrashing before Alvis victory

Solihull Editorial 3rd Jan, 2024 Updated: 4th Jan, 2024   0

KNOWLE returned to winning ways with a come-from-behind 5-1 win against local rivals Hampton on Boxing Day before finishing the year with a 3-1 victory against Coventry Alvis.

The Robins scored four second-half goals to blow 10-man Hampton away as Tom Craine scored a hat-trick with substitutes Ben Jones and Nathan Corry also on target at Field Lane.

And Craine then scored his 100th goal for the club in Knowle’s victory against eight-man Alvis while Toby Scott and Jack Mullen both found the net at the Draintech Community Ground.

The results mean Knowle lead the Midland Football League Division Two table by eight points.

On Boxing Day, the Robins were out for revenge having suffered defeat against Hampton in the Saturday Vase earlier in December.

However, Hampton took the lead on 19 minutes when Matt Garbett opened the scoring following a strong start from the home side.

Knowle responded almost straight from the restart as Craine drew the Robins level less than a minute later with a goal from close range.

And the Robins completed the turnaround at the start of the second half when early substitute Jones scored from an extremely tight angle.

Things went from bad to worse for Hampton soon after when goalscorer Garbett saw red after picking up a second yellow card just six minutes into the second period.

Knowle made the most of the man advantage to extend their lead as Craine scored his second of the game from the penalty spot.

And Craine then set up Corry for the away side’s fourth goal before completing his hat-trick in injury time to put the seal on a resounding victory.

Against Alvis, Knowle once again fell behind as Elliot Edwards put Alvis ahead on 13 minutes with an easy finish from six-yards out.

However, the Robins equalised from the penalty spot on 21 minutes as Craine brought up a century of goals for the club.

And Alvis were then reduced to 10-men after Kieron Martin was shown a straight red card following a coming together with Robins player Rob Shaw.

Alvis proved stubborn opponents in the second period before Scott completed the turnaround for Knowle with a stunning strike from 25-yards out.

The Robins eventually sealed the points when Mullen turned home Craine’s cross before Alvis player Lorenzo Giampaglia saw red late on for a nasty challenge.

And Alvis finished the game with just eight players after Reid Kearns saw red for another poor tackle on Robins substitute Callum Burston-Keeley.

Knowle are next in action at home to local rivals Earlswood Town on Saturday, January 6 with kick-off at 2pm at the Draintech Community Ground.

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