PREVIEW: Knights look to make progress in Hornets Cup tie

Published: 12 March, 2020 - 2:00 pm

York City Knights are looking to make further progress – both in the competition and in performance – when they take on a resurgent Rochdale Hornets in Round 5 of the Coral Challenge Cup at Bootham Crescent this Sunday (15th March) at 3pm.

The Knights face a tough prospect in a rejuvenated Rochdale Hornets club who were recently taken over by well respected Chairman Andy Mazey, who along with coach Matt Calland has started to assemble a promising squad of top local amateur talent mixed with high level experience – most notably on-loan Leigh half back Martin Ridyard – as they look to make an immediate return to the Betfred Championship in 2020.

The Hornets have already faced York opposition in the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup, when they overcame York Acorn 54-10 in Round 3. Coincidentally the Hornets also beat British Army by the same 54-10 scoreline in Round 4. The Knights produced an impressive performance to beat former Super League side London Broncos in Round 4, thanks to a thrilling last minute try from Jimmy Keinhorst down in the capital.

York last faced Rochdale in the Challenge Cup as lower league opponents back in March 2017, memorably running out 26-20 winners at the start of the Jon Flatman era of the club.

Early team news indicates that half back Ben Johnston may return after missing the London Broncos league game last week. Kriss Brining won’t be rushed back from a second concussion in 12 months, and Perry Whiteley is hopeful of returning to full training next week as he steps up his recovery from a broken bone in his foot. On loan hooker Reiss Butterworth is considered for selection after a positive debut last week.

Captain Tim Spears is in line to make the 400th appearance of his career on Sunday, a phenomenal achievement in the modern game.

To date Spears has played:
– 76 for York City Knights (2017-2020)
– 201 for Featherstone Rovers (2009-2016)
– 113 for Batley Bulldogs (2004-2008)
– 6 for Dewsbury Rams (2004)
– 3 for Castleford Tigers (2003)

Tickets for this exciting game are priced at just £15 Adults and £10 Concessions, with Under 16s completely free.

Please note that there are no advance tickets for this game, with cash turnstiles available on the day. It is a split shared gate so season tickets will not be eligible for this game.

The Knights would like to thank official match sponsors for this game Red Soda for their continued support.

We look forward to welcoming both sets of fans for what promises to be a great afternoon of entertainment. See you there!

Tickets for the historic Betfred Super League & Championship Mother’s Day double header at Bootham Crescent on Sunday March 22nd are available online HERE now. The Knights play Featherstone Rovers at 2.45pm, followed by the feature match of the day – Toronto Wolfpack against Wakefield Trinity at 5.15pm. Tickets in the Main Stand are extremely limited so act fast to secure your seat!