Pete’s Preview: Dewsbury

Published: 28 June, 2019 - 5:30 pm

By Peter Carbert

A proud club with a long history, Dewsbury supporters at today’s game must be happy at becoming a solid championship club (an aim of York City Knights), while on the one hand wishing the club can take the next step but at the same time looking over their shoulder as they find themselves on the verge of being dragged into this seasons relegation battle.

It does seem to be one extreme to the other for the Rams – somewhat unlucky losses at home to the high flying trio of York, Toronto (22-17) and Sheffield (16-13), decent wins at Featherstone (32-22) and Widnes (25-24)…but then some real ropey defeats against rivals Batley (20-8 and 30-14) and Swinton (22-17). Aided by mid season signing Liam Finn, on their day they can beat anyone…but when it’s not their day, it’s another one of those games for the loyal Dewsbury support.

Will the Rams raid Bootham or can the Knights make it a third league win on the bounce? Yet another fascinating match is in store!

One to Watch: Liam Finn – it’s easier to say which clubs he hasn’t played for! A long career for the Irish International who is a master at controlling games.

Pete’s Prediction: Knights by 12!

Next fixture: Sheffield Eagles (a) 5th July

Last Meeting:
10th February 2019
Dewsbury Rams 22 York City Knights 26
Tetleys Stadium – Attendance 1275

Another of those infuriating games for the Dewsbury supporters, seeing their team going down to a 4 point defeat despite being in the lead for most of the game.

York looked out of sorts early on, perhaps the momental efforts of the previous match against Toronto still taking it’s toll. 2 Dewsbury tries and 3 goals saw the Rams build up a 14-0 half time lead, and despite York throwing everything at Dewsbury in the opening stages of the second half, the experienced Paul Sykes added another penalty goal to make it 16-0.

Then the comeback began. Graeme Horne going over the line in the 55th minute, Robinson converting. Ash Robson made the most of an Alex Brown error, going over in the corner, again the try converted. 16-12 in a real nervy game.

The Knights were in dreamland as JJR crossed, York in the lead for the first time, 18-16 to the North Yorkshire side. Back came Dewsbury on 71 minutes with a converted try, 22-18 back in the Rams favour. Had momentum shifted once again?

If it had, Matty Marsh wasn’t taking any notice, going over in the 77th minute, Robinson converting. 24-22 to York. Nervy times!

Some silly Dewsbury discipline handed Robinson a penalty attempt which he converted as the hooter sounded to the delight of the travelling York fans. Final score 26-22, and an important first Championship win.

York City Knights will once again be joining in the city’s annual Armed Forces Day programme, and will welcome a very special Guest of Honour to Sunday’s Betfred Championship game against Dewsbury Rams at Bootham Crescent in Normandy hero Ken Cooke.

To show our gratitude to the men and women who serve our country, all Armed Forces members – past and present – with a Ministry of Defence ID card or veteran’s card will be allowed free entry to the match, along with anyone under the age of 16. Simply head to the Bootham Crescent club shop before the game on Sunday and show your military ID for your free ticket.

Knights 2020 season ticket renewals are on sale now, and will be on sale in the Bootham Crescent club shop this Sunday. Prices are frozen until July 31st as we prepare for our momentous move into the brand new York Community Stadium. For more information click HERE.