The impressive Robins got their season off to a flying start on Saturday with a convincing victory over the much improved Worcester side, Archdale ‘73.
With Scott Oliver busy up front, combining well with Duwayne Mardenborough, the home attack looked threatening right from the start. Both players had good opportunities with snap shots but luck wasn’t on their side.
Knowle’s domination of possession began to tell with Craig Nichols in particular having an outstanding game. His flare, trickery and confidence began to shine through.
On the half-hour mark he brought the crowd to their feet with a sumptuous goal when he beat two men on the edge of the box in a tight situation. His shot found the top corner with the keeper desperately trying to tip it over the bar to no avail.
The whole team gained an extra yard in pace and confidence on the ball from this, none more so than the returning Buto, back in his usual wing back slot.
Steve Jones nearly put the home side two up with a brave header and a single goal lead seemed scant reward for such a dominant display.
The end of the half was spoiled by the sending off of one player from each side.
It seemed unfortunate that Mardenborough received the red card as he was only trying to take evasive action in a ‘hand bags’ melee.
However, Knowle continued where they had left off. Nichols was dictating play and bringing the wing backs more and more into play.
Jimmy Anderson then began to show up more and more and it was no surprise when he played in that man Nichols, again on the edge of the box, to turn sharply to beat his marker and power the ball into the net.
Archdale should have pulled a goal back late on but the composure and know-how of Chris Knott in goal foiled their attempt.
Knowle move on to Northfield on Tuesday night but are also in action on Saturday in a home fixture against the West Midlands Police, KO 3pm.