KNOWLE survived a late comeback to beat Feckenham 4-3 away from home on Bank Holiday monday to remain top of the pile in the Midland League Division Two.
The visitors started well on a very warm afternoon and although for a while the final ball did not quite fall for them, Knowle looked dangerous going forward.
It was no surprise when Knowle took the lead on 18 minutes thanks to a move that started by playing out from the back before Ben Ellicott put the ball through to Tom Craine who held off the home centre-half to slot home.
Within two minutes Knowle had doubled their lead after Torryn Connolly’s cross fell to Callum Ingram who drilled the ball home from 15 yards.
Within ten minutes Knowle added a third with Yahiya Todd combining with Connolly before playing into Craine who turned his man and hit home with his left foot from 25 yards.
That should have enabled Knowle to coast to half-time but Feckenham kept fighting and pulled one back after 33 minutes and Perry Cox had to be alert to make to excellent saves before half-time.
The break enabled Knowle to regain composure and they dominated the majority of the second half but it took until the 65th minute to add to the lead.
Ellicott combined with Jack Moss before curling a ball in behind the home defence for substitute Dylan Parker to run onto and round the keeper to make it 4-1. Although Cox had to get across well to save another direct free kick Knowle looked the more likely to create another opportunity until the referee spotted a push at a corner and gave a penalty to Feckenham which they converted to make it 4-2 with five minutes to play.
With almost the last kick of the game, Feckenham scored again to give the game a rather false score line but never the less, Knowle are top of the league with ten points from five matches.