Match Reports

Knights Progress after Parkside test

Saturday 5th January - Pre-Season

Published: 7 January, 2019 - 3:58 pm

York City Knights progressed to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Cup with an encouraging 34-4 victory over Hunslet Club Parkside on Saturday, as the 2019 pre-season schedule steps up a level. The Knights paid Parkside the respect of fielding a strong team and were too fast and strong overall, but the National Conference League Premier Division Champions – who went undefeated throughout 2018 – matched them for enthusiasm and effort and it was a tougher game than the scoreline suggests. Experienced heads Ben Cockayne and Graeme Horne made their first appearances of pre-season, while Captain Tim Spears will wait another... ...Read The Article

Knights enjoy Festive blow out at Bradford

Wednesday 26th December - Pre-Season

Published: 30 December, 2018 - 3:02 pm

By Peter Martini for YorkPress.com Bradford Bulls gained some sort of revenge for losing out on the 2018 League One crown – but their victory didn’t overly tarnish York City Knights’ New Year. York boss James Ford had suggested that a substandard show in this first outing of pre-season could leave his squad “miserable for the rest of our Christmas period” but, aside the 20-12 defeat, he would have left reasonably pleased with his players’ contribution. York had pipped Bradford to the third-tier title in September, a stunning 30-28 victory at Odsal in July being key to that success. Seemingly... ...Read The Article

Knights crowned Champions after Whitehaven win

Sunday 23rd September - League 1

Published: 24 September, 2018 - 4:00 pm

York City Knights were crowned Betfred League 1 Champions at a bouncing Bootham Crescent yesterday, after sealing an unforgettable 15th consecutive victory against a resolute Whitehaven under the autumn sunshine. The Knights needed a win on the last day of the season to stay above favourites Bradford Bulls and seal automatic promotion to the 2019 Betfred Championship, as the thrilling League 1 title race went down to the wire. Head Coach James Ford brought back a number of players who sat out last week’s relatively comfortable victory at Hemel Stags, with Joe Batchelor, Sam Scott and Joel Edwards all returning... ...Read The Article

Knights dispatch Stags as title race goes down to the wire

Sunday 16th September - League 1

Published: 18 September, 2018 - 6:28 pm

York City Knights recorded an incredible fourteenth consecutive Betfred League 1 victory at Hemel Stags on Sunday, leaving them tantalisingly close to being crowned Champions. Head Coach James Ford made six changes to the 17 that earned tough victories at Workington and at home to Oldham, with Andy Ellis, Joe Batchelor, Joel Edwards, Sam Scott, Will Oakes and Adam Robinson all making way for fresh legs in Will Jubb, Perry Whiteley, Jack Ormondroyd, Mike Kelly, Matt Chilton, and prop Dan Hawksworth respectively. Former Knights Austin Bell, Paul Stamp and Mark Barlow all featured for the Stags. York got off to a... ...Read The Article

Roses thriller as Knights edge out Oldham

Sunday 9th September - League 1

Published: 9 September, 2018 - 6:30 pm

York City Knights extended their club record consecutive winning run to 13 games at Bootham Crescent on Sunday – but were made to work incredibly hard for it against a quality Oldham side. The hard fought 10-6 victory was enough to keep the Knights at the top of Betfred League 1 after 24 rounds and on course for automatic promotion with just two ‘cup finals’ remaining in this thrilling season. Head Coach James Ford named the same 17 that won at Workington last Sunday – the first time in 2018 that the Knights have fielded an unchanged line up. After... ...Read The Article

Knights grind out crucial win at Workington

Sunday 2nd September - League 1

Published: 3 September, 2018 - 1:31 pm

York City Knights took one huge step closer to the Betfred League 1 title after a phenomenal defensive performance secured a thrilling 14-18 victory in torrential rain at Workington, and the Knights first win in Cumbria since 2009. James Ford made two changes from the team that convincingly beat Hunslet at Bootham Crescent two weeks ago, with prop Ronan Dixon and hooker Andy Ellis coming in for Jack Ormondroyd and Will Jubb respectively. The mid-season break for the squad ultimately paid dividends in this intensely physical encounter against the in-form Cumbrians, who won at Bradford last time out. A series... ...Read The Article

Awesome Knights go top after hammering Hunslet!

Sunday 19th August - League 1

Published: 19 August, 2018 - 9:59 pm

York City Knights produced another outstanding performance at Bootham Crescent to beat old rivals Hunslet 48-6 and return to the top of the Betfred League 1 table with just four rounds remaining. It was the Knights’ eleventh consecutive victory and saw James Ford’s mean leapfrog Bradford Bulls at the summit, following their 18-24 defeat to Workington Town at Odsal. Ford made three changes to the team that earned a world record away victory at West Wales last weekend; dual registered stars Will Oakes and Matty Marsh returned to the team, along with captain Tim Spears. The tone was set straight... ...Read The Article

Ruthless Knights rout Raiders

Saturday 11th August - League 1

Published: 11 August, 2018 - 8:24 pm

York City Knights broke yet more records by ruthlessly running in 22 tries against the hapless West Wales Raiders in torrential rain at Stebonheath Park on Saturday afternoon. The 0-130 scoreline was enough to surpass Bradford Bulls points difference advantage, with the Bulls needing to win at North Wales Crusaders by more than 38 points in order to return to the top of the Betfred League 1 table after Round 21. 0-130 is also a new rugby league world record for an away victory, and Connor Robinson’s 21 successful conversions from 23 attempts is a new club record – a... ...Read The Article

Knights march on after Crusaders shut-out

Sunday 5th August - League 1

Published: 6 August, 2018 - 12:38 pm

York City Knights produced a dominant defensive display on another hot afternoon at Bootham Crescent to keep North Wales Crusaders scoreless and notch up their ninth consecutive Betfred League 1 victory. With the business end of the season fast approaching Head Coach James Ford once again opted to rotate his pack to keep his big men as fresh as possible – Adam Robinson and Sam Scott returning in place of Dan Hawksworth and Graeme Horne, who took up sideline duties as Ford started his two game ban. Scott made an immediate impression too, as York started the game at a... ...Read The Article

Knights slay Bears to keep the pressure on

Sunday 29th July - League 1

Published: 29 July, 2018 - 6:56 pm

York City Knights allayed any fears of a post-Bradford comedown by producing a professional performance at Bootham Crescent today, running in 13 tries past a spirited Coventry Bears in blustery conditions. Opting to keep things fresh after last week’s epic battle at Odsal, James Ford handed three players their York debuts with new signings Joel Edwards and Josh Jordan-Roberts starting in the back row, and local lad Matt Chilton starting at full back. Pack men Dan Hawksworth, Ronan Dixon and Mike Kelly also returned, and hooker Will Jubb took a spot on the bench fresh from his England Students exploits.... ...Read The Article