24th Sep, 2017

Mixed fortunes over Easter weekend for Knowle

Steve Carpenter 17th Apr, 2017 Updated: 18th Apr, 2017

FOOTBALL:

Knowle started slowly when visiting Leamington Hibernian on Saturday and after twice coming close early on, it was the hosts who took the lead with 21 minutes gone when Alister Wrist lobbed Chris Knott in the visiting goal.

The visitors responded well and were level within ten minutes when Torryn Connelly was fouled by the home keeper and Nathan Corry converted the resultant spot kick.

It was not long before Knowle took the lead through Connelly who slotted home from the edge of the area after being put through on goal.

As the half came to an end Leamington hit the bar with a speculative long range effort at one end and Niall Gilbride headed Sam Bethel’s corner just over at the other.

Leamington were in disarray at the start of the second half when a defender headed against his own post from a Gilbride cross, and from the resultant corner Luke Fox headed back across goal for Jamie Corrigan to head home.

Five minutes later it was 4-1 when Callum Ingram threaded the ball through to Corry who drove the ball into the far corner.

Corrigan scored a fifth from the penalty spot before he completed the rout with another penalty after Steven Ruck had been brought down inside the box.

In contrast Knowle struggled at local rivals Earlswood on Easter Monday with the home side taking a 13th minute lead.

Earlswood had doubled their advantage with 18 minutes gone and Knowle struggling to find a way through the home defence.

Five minutes before the break Corrigan drove towards goal but his shot was straight at the home keeper and Steven Ruck came in off the wing and his drive from outside the box was tipped round the post.

Callum Ingram blasted over from 12 yards within five minutes of the restart and midway through the half Earlswood cleared Spencer Dixon’s effort off the line.

With Knowle pressing at one end, they got caught at the other with Callum Mallet pulling back the Earlswood centre forward when through to receive a straight red card.

Luke Fox hit the bar and Steven Ruck had an effort deflected just wide but Knowle could find no way back into the match.

Knowle next return to Earlswood’s ground on Saturday to play Feckenham.

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