Knights go down fighting

OUR intrepid band of supporters have all arrived back safely from Cornwall having spent the weekend in the Duchy watching Doncaster Knights play Cornish Pirates.

We arrived in Falmouth on Friday afternoon and soon found our way to the local hostelries to discuss the forthcoming game. The hotel we stayed at was a bit like Fawlty Towers when we got there but, by the end of our stay, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

Saturday was spent much the same as Friday evening as we enjoyed the sun on the terrace of a bar overlooking Falmouth Harbour.

And then the match day arrived. To quote the old cliché it was definitely a game of two halves. Although the Knights were behind 36 points to 11 at half-time this was not really a true reflection of the game as they had a couple of chances that they failed to take on top of the try they actually scored.

It was a different Knights team that came out after the interval and they were well on top throughout. We scored three more tries and, going into the final minute, were only seven points adrift. With the last play of the game, centre PJ Gidlow crashed over the line but the referee deemed that it had not been grounded properly and he disallowed what we thought was a perfectly good try.

Travelling back from Penzance to Falmouth after the game we were all a lot happier than we had been at half-time and, as a group of supporters, we settled for the two bonus points that we came away with. The feeling was that things were now on the up and we are all looking forward to entertaining Moseley this coming Saturday at 2.30pm.

I attended a meeting of Championship directors at Twickenham yesterday with the much-maligned RFU Management Board followed by dinner with them. All clubs have now received a copy of the Blackett Report and it was an interesting day.