12 man Knights break Rams hearts: Sunday 30th June - Betfred Championship
York City Knights overcame a red card to pull off a sensational last minute victory over Dewsbury Rams at Bootham Crescent today, to stay in the Betfred Championship play-off places.
The Knights formed a guard of honour on the pitch ahead of kick off for Ben Cockayne who has retired after a glittering 350 game career, and Normandy hero Mr Ken Cooke delivered the match ball on Armed Forces Day. Both men received a huge round of applause from the Bootham Crescent crowd.
Head Coach James Ford once again rang the changes after the golden point defeat to Batley in midweek, with experienced packmen Tim Spears, Graeme Horne & Sam Scott all returning. On-loan centre Cam Scott returned to the team, and Kiss Brining & Harry Carter took up hooking duties as Will Jubb enjoyed a well earned rest.
Carter played the last 25 minutes at Scrum Half as Connor Robinson limped off with a knee injury, which will be assessed in the week.
York got off to the worst possible start when Dewsbury won the ball from their own kick off and were soon behind on the scoreboard when experienced half Liam Finn jinked over from close range after just 4 minutes. Sykes added the extras.
Dewsbury extended their lead to 0-10 after 12 minutes as Rob Warrincy out-jumped Perry Whiteley to a high cross-field kick to score, and things soon went from bad to worse as Tim Spears was sin-binned for questioning the referee’s decision, before Sam Scott followed his captain into the bin for a dangerous tackle five minutes later, leaving the Knights down to just eleven men.
The visitors took full advantage of the extra space as a switch ball allowed centre Owen Trout to stroll over untouched for a 0-14 lead after 20 minutes.
York finally sprang into action after half an hour when Kriss Brining dived over from dummy-half after a quick play the ball from Will Oakes, and were suddenly back in the game when Sam Scott sent Cam Scott racing over for a second try in as many minutes.
Robinson added a penalty goal as the half time hooter sounded to send the teams into the sheds all square at 14-14 at the break.
The Knights took the lead for the first time in the game in the 44th minute with the try of the afternoon. Oakes fielded a clearing kick deep in his own half and returned it with interest – rounding the Dewsbury chasers and flying up the right wing, before sending the supporting Liam Harris home under the posts for a 20-14 lead.
York were dealt a further blow when Ronan Dixon was sent off with still more than half an hour to play, the prop receiving a red card after a lazy but accidental high tackle on Rams winger Andy Gabriel. A similar challenge by Paul Sykes on Harry Carter went unpunished just moments later, much to the frustration of the home fans.
The stretched Knights defence held firm for a further bruising 15 minutes – losing Robinson and Sam Scott as well as Cam Scott and Perry Whiteley suffering heavy knocks – before Warrincy’s second try of the game drew the visitors level. The ball was moved quickly to the right for the experienced winger to cross, and Liam Finn’s calm conversion from the touch line made it 20-20 with 15 minutes remaining.
A late drop goal from Dewsbury’s Paul Sykes appeared set to inflict a second one-point defeat at Bootham Crescent to heavy woollen rivals in 4 days, but the Knights remained calm and earned themselves a late scrum in the Rams half with 60 seconds remaining. Harris had opportunities to level with a field goal, but instead opted to produce a perfectly placed kick through to Matty Marsh who touched down to seal a memorable last gasp victory and raise the roof at Bootham Crescent on a special Armed Forces Day.
That one was for you, Ben and Ken.
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Knights: Marsh, Oakes, Salter, C Scott, Whiteley, Harris, Robinson, Teanby, Carter, Horne, Hey, S Scott, Spears. Subs (all used): Brining, Dixon, Blagbrough, Stock.
Tries: Brining (32) C Scott (35), Harris (44) Marsh (79).
Goals: Robinson (3/3), Harris 44 (1/1), (Oakes (0/1.).
Sin-binned: Spears (14) S Scott (19).
Sent off: Dixon (47).
Dewsbury: Martin, Worrincy, O Trout, Ryder, Gabriel, Sykes, Finn, Igbinedion, Ward, Garratt, Waite-Pullan, Knowles, K Trout. Subs (all used): King, Flynn, Morris, Reilly.
Tries: Finn (4), Worrincy (12, 64), O Trout (20).
Goals: Sykes (1/3), Finn (1/1).
Drop goal: Sykes (72).
Isaac Poad Man of the Match: Matty Marsh