Knights need an escape artist ... and fast
THE Ipswich Knights will need to find an escape artist fast in order to get out of strife this weekend after a forgettable performance at Bundamba.
Needing a win to avoid relegation from next year's Brisbane Premier League, the Knights lost their way in yesterday's 6-2 loss to Peninsula Power.
The home team even finished with 10 men after speedster Matt Savini was red-carded in the second half for his last-man tackle as Power threatened to score.
Coming off the bench, Savini was victim of a referee crackdown on tackling players in scoring positions close to goal.
The penalty was converted to take Power to a 4-2 lead before they ran away with the match.
In a season where the Knights have scarcely fielded the same team two weeks in a row, yesterday's line-up again failed to deliver the result needed.
The blustery conditions didn't help, but second-placed Power were clearly a class above.
Although the Knights still have to play Capalaba this weekend, it's looking likely the club will be back in Division 1 next season.
The Knights Reserves will have to win their catch-up match from yesterday and outlast Capalaba as well for the Ipswich club to have any chance of BPL survival.
Other results from relegation-threatened Brisbane Force and Albany Creek could also come into play in the final round of fixtures this weekend.
Yesterday's disappointing finish came after the Knights worked hard to get back in the game just before half-time.
Scott Dykman breathed life into the match after producing a superb strike, from nothing, to fire the ball into the top corner.
Luke Timberlake's second-half header was an opportunist's goal, being on the spot to capitalise on a goal mouth rebound.
But they were the only moments of excitement as the Knights started to ponder life as a lower-tier club. That is unless the proverbial escape artist can perform some magic.
BPL: Peninsula Power 6 d Ipswich Knights 2 (Scott Dykman, Luke Timberlake).