KNIGHTS BACK TO WINNING WAYS WITH VICTORY OVER SWINTON!: Sunday 25th July - Betfred Championship
York City Knights ended a six-game losing run in the Betfred Championship by emphatically beating Swinton Lions on a warm afternoon at the LNER Community Stadium.
York Head Coach James Ford made a number changes to the team that lost to Featherstone Rovers at Wembley last week. Injured pair Ben Jones-Bishop and Brendan O’Hagan missed out, with Jason Bass reverting to full back while Matty Marsh returned the halves. Corey Johnson and Corey Hall made their home debuts on loan from Leeds Rhinos.
The Knights started brightly and a three-try blitz in the opening ten minutes all but put the game to bed early on. First, Swinton fumbled the kickoff and in the resulting set Chris Clarkson crashed over after just 55 seconds. Dixon missed his first conversion attempt but was faultless with the boot from that point on with 7/8 successful conversions.
York’s lead was extended to 16-0 soon after, first Ronan Dixon powered over for a try on his birthday in the 7th minute, then a well-timed break down the left flank from Corey Hall set up Kieron Dixon to touch down.
Swinton attempted to get a foothold in the game and were rewarded with a try midway through the first half through Ben Heyes after creating a nice overlap down the left edge.
Danny Kirmond powered over from close range to settle any possible worries of a fightback just after half an hour, and the teams went into the sheds at 22-4.
Swinton started the second half brightly and off the back of a penalty for dissent, and off the resulting set scored when Deane Meadows scrambled over.
The Knights took full control from that point as the Lions began to tire, and ran in four tries in twelve devastating minutes to blow the scoreline out. The returning Matty Marsh produced a classy quick fire brace of tries just after the hour mark. Corey Johnson streaked away down the left to send Kieran Dixon in for his second try, and Tyme Dow-Nikau added some gloss to the performance with a fine finish in the corner in the 73rd minute.
The Knights now turn their attentions to a trip to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Eagles next weekend, while Swinton Lions will look to get back to winning ways in an important Betfred Championship match up at Dewsbury Rams.
York City Knights: Jason Bass, Perry Whiteley, Corey Hall, Tyme Dow-Nikau, Kieran Dixon, Mikey Lewis, Matty Marsh, Jack Teanby, Will Jubb, Ronan Dixon, Danny Kirmond, Chris Clarkson, Tim Spears.
Interchanges: Corey Johnson, Marcus Stock, Adam Cuthbertson, Sam Scott
Tries: Chris Clarkson, Ronan Dixon, Kieran Dixon (2), Danny Kirmond, Matty Marsh (2), Tyme Dow-Nikau
Goals: Kieran Dixon 7/8
Swinton Lions: Geronimo Doyle, Owen Buckley, Mitchell Cox, Luis Roberts, Ben Heyes, Cobi Green, Jack Hansen, Tom Spencer, Luke Waterworth, Ronan Michael, Will Hope, Nick Gregson, Louis Brogan
Interchanges: Jordan Brown, Paddy Jones, Deane Meadows, Paul Nash
Tries: Ben Heyes, Deane Meadows
Goals: Jack Hansen 1/2
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