Pete’s Preview: Hemel Stags

Published: 10 September, 2018 - 11:00 am

By Peter Carbert

Wembley stadium has been the setting for many cup finals, and just 25 miles down the road York City Knights have their own cup final at Hemel Stags before a huge season finale at home to Whitehaven.

The Hertfordshire club will finish the season second to last but will look to have a say in how the season pans out at the top as they play the Knights followed by finishing the season with a visit to Bradford Bulls.

The season promised much for the Stags – losing just 28-14, 22-16 and 18-12 in home matches against Hunslet, Coventry and London respectively. Those close defeats showed real resolve and determination in the early rounds, however ultimately it’s been a disappointing season with the sole wins coming against basement side West Wales Raiders.

Last Match:
20th May 2018
York City Knights 90 Hemel Stags 0
Bootham Crescent – Attendance 987

In the previous round York put in an edgy performance in a 58-18 win at Coventry, however there was no let up at Bootham Crescent as fellow ‘expansion’ club Hemel were put to the sword. While not quite hitting the record breaking heights of the previous win at Bootham Crescent (144-0 over West Wales Raiders), the Knights still enjoyed a 16 try victory, with Connor Robinson bagging himself 13 goals as well as a fine try to finish with a personal points tally of 30 points.

The weaving wizard Ash Robson helped himself to a hat trick, while man of the match Matty Marsh went one better and had a quartet of trys. Some credit must go to the Stags who were a somewhat respectable 38-0 down at half time but it was all one way traffic in the second half as the Knights returned to the top of the table.

Another professional performance will be needed at Pennine Way in order to maintain that position.

One to Watch:

Reece Williams was by far the standout Hemel player in the reverse fixture at Bootham Crescent and is a useful player.


Connor Robinson needs 25 pts to break Danny Brough’s 412 pts in a season record.

Ash Robson is fast approaching 150 pts for the club – currently on 138 (26T, 17G).

York need 2 more tries to reach 200 in all competitions for the season.

Supporter’s bus!

If you can make the game then don’t miss it. The club are running a coach but need a few more seats filled:

Bootham Crescent 9am

Blossom Street 9.15am.

£25 a seat, email  or call the office on 01904 876527.

Money can be paid on the day. Match day prices at Hemel are only £9 for adults and £1 for kids!