Fax put stifled Knights to the sword: Sunday 1st March - Betfred Championship

Published: 2 March, 2020 - 11:00 am

York City Knights’ woes on the road in the Betfred Championship continued yesterday, as they were outclassed by Halifax at a sunny but blustery Shay Stadium.

Winger Brad Hey was the only change to the team that won at London Broncos in the Challenge Cup last week, he dropped out with a groin strain leaving James Ford with just one fit outside back – 18 year old Elliot Wallis – Dual Registered Lewis Carr was called up from Castleford.

For Halifax, James Woodburn-Hall was a stand in at scrum half and produced a classy performance in an unfamiliar position, while his opposite number Ben Johnston struggled to make an impact against his former club on a frustrating afternoon.

Fax took the lead 15 minutes into the game as a Scott Grix kick behind the defence saw left winger Shaun Robinson touch down. Ste Tyrer expertly added the touch line conversion.

The Knights thought they had equalised a few minutes later but Will Jubb’s close range effort was ruled out for double movement, and Halifax doubled their lead off the back of the resulting penalty. Brandon Moore prodded another kick behind the Knights defence which allowed Robinson to score his second try in the same spot. Tyrer added another touch line conversion for a 12-0 lead after 22 minutes.

The prolific points scoring centre then added a converted try of his own after half an hour, Scott Murrell’s kick won a repeat set and Tyrer took full advantage of the Knights scattered defence by driving over for an 18-0 lead heading into the sheds at the break.

York tried to lift their intensity in the second half and came close through centre Jimmy Keinhorst after a few repeat sets, but he frustratingly lost he ball when trying to get his arm free over the line.

Woodburn-Hall crossed to extend the lead further after some good creative play in the build up from Tyrer and Robinson down the left edge after an hour, and the victory was sealed with ten minutes remaining when Jodie Broughton broke clear down the right edge and sent Grix clear for the 150th try of his career. Tyrer converted the latter for a comfortable 28-0 lead.

York avoided the embarrassment of a second consecutive Championship blank sheet when Keinhorst grabbed a consolation try in the 72nd minute, touching down a close range kick from Johnston. Connor Robinson missed his only attempt of the afternoon, and the final score remained 28-4.

The Knights will try to get their Championship season back on track next Sunday (8th March) when they take on former Super League team London Broncos in what will incredibly be their first home game of the year. Kick off at Bootham Crescent is at 3pm.

Tickets for this game will be available online HERE and from the club office. Knights 2020 Season Ticket holders and Members will be able to collect their tickets for this match from the Knights office at York St John University sports campus on Haxby Road during office hours, or in the Bootham Crescent club shop before kick off on Sunday.

Please call 01904 876527 for more information.

Halifax: Grix, Robinson, Tyrer, Saltonstall, Broughton, Murrell, Woodburn-Hall, Hirst, Moore, Calcott, Garside, Brearley, Fairbank. Subs (all used): Cur. Davies, Fleming, Hewitt, Larroyer.

Tries: Robinson (15, 21), Tyrer (29), Woodburn-Hall (60), Grix (68)

Goals: Tyrer (4/5)

York: Marsh, Wallis, Keinhorst, Salter, Carr, Johnston, Robinson, Clarkson, Jubb, Stock, Washbrook, Scott, Spears. Subs (all used): Brining, Green, Baldwinson, Teanby.

Try: Keinhorst (71)

Attendance: 1,430

Isaac Poad Man of the Match: Sam Scott