Disappointing performance sees Knights lose at Whitehaven: Sunday 27th June - Betfred Championship

Published: 27 June, 2021 - 6:54 pm

Whitehaven 37 (24)-(0) 12 York City Knights

York City Knights turned in a poor performance to fall to defeat in Cumbria as Whitehaven recorded a 37-12 victory in the Betfred Championship.

Following an improved performance last week in defeat to Batley Bulldogs, hopes were high ahead of this afternoon’s match but it wasn’t to be on the day.

A first half which saw the Knights concede four converted tries ultimately proved impossible to come back from. Three of those tries came in a seven minute spell, starting with hooker James Newton forcing over from close range with a dummy-half play.

Connor Holliday added a second shortly after, going through a gap in the Knights defence and then, when a Tyla Hepi offload went to ground just inside the Knights’ half, Whitehaven’s Karl Dixon hacked the ball forwards – twice – before gathering to go over under the sticks. Full-back Lachlan Walmsley converted all three tries.

Seconds before half-time, he would then come up with a great try. With the Knights unable to make pressure tell after Whitehaven’s third try despite field position, a Matty Marsh fifth tackle kick bounced favourably for Jessie-Joe Parker. The winger offloaded to Walmsley who, in turn, maintained composure to give Jason Mossop a run. Chris Clarkson retreated well and Kieran Dixon made an outstanding covering run from the opposite flank, but Mossop drew in Dixon to give the supporting Walmsley a try to go with his three conversions.

He added a further two to give the Cumbrians a 24-0 half-time lead.

With Head Coach James Ford’s words ringing in their ears, the Knights – as has become the norm – began the second half the better team. The errors were still there, but those in amber and black were having the better of proceedings. Pressure was built and Jordan Baldwinson spun out of a tackle from close range to crash over. Dixon added the two to narrow the gap.

Further pressure was built but Whitehaven’s defence was equal to it and, when the hosts made it into the Knights’ 20m, Walmsley kicked a penalty to extend the hosts’ lead to twenty points after a high tackle just after the hour mark.

Three minutes later, the game was up when Whitehaven went over when Andrew Bulman somehow grounded despite attention from Matty Marsh. Walmsley missed the conversion from the touchline but added the two in the 68th minute when Whitehaven scored another try, this time from some quick thinking.

Given a penalty on our 10m, Holliday added his second try after taking a quick tap and charging his way to the line, despite the attention of captain Chris Clarkson and Jack Teanby.

Winger Dixon would add a consolation try – which he then converted – with just over a minute remaining but Whitehaven still had time to kick a drop goal, Nikau Williams adding the one point after the Knights were penalised for a forward pass.

Whitehaven: Lachlan Walmsley, Jessie-Joe Parker, Sean Croston, Jason Mossop, Andrew Bulman, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Andrew Dawson, James Newton, Guy Graham, Connor Holliday, Ellis Gillam, Tom Wilkinson.

Interchanges: Jake Bradley, Dean Zammit, Liam Cooper, Oscar Thomas.

Tries: James Newton (19), Connor Holliday (22, 68), Karl Dixon (26), Lachlan Walmsley (38), Andrew Bulman (63)

Goals: Lachlan Walmsley (6/7)

Drop goal: Nikau Williams (80’)

York City Knights: Matty Marsh, Ben Jones-Bishop, Liam Salter, Jason Bass, Kieran Dixon, Jamie Ellis, Danny Washbrook, Adam Cuthbertson, Chris Clarkson, Jack Teanby, Danny Kirmond, Sam Scott, Tim Spears.

Interchanges: Will Jubb, Jordan Baldwinson, Marcus Stock, Tyler Hepi.

Tries: Jordan Baldwinson (44), Kieran Dixon (78)

Goals: Kieran Dixon (2/2)

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