Knights defeated in the capital by Broncos: Sunday 11th July - Betfred Championship
London Broncos 50 (20) – (10) 22 York City Knights
York City Knights fell to a loss this afternoon at London Broncos with the capital club recording a 50-22 victory over James Ford’s men.
After finishing last weekend’s match against Newcastle Thunder well, hopes were high heading South but a strong second half from the hosts blew the Knights away.
Despite starting stronger with pressure being built in London territory, it was the hosts who opened the scoring within the first ten minutes when back-rower Will Lovell crashed through from close range. Centre Chris Hankinson began a flawless afternoon with the boot to convert.
Ronan Dixon was held up shortly after before a Riley Dean kick forced a repeat set but, despite that pressure, London would go on to capitalise on a Chris Clarkson error with Jarrod Sammut and Lovell combining to give Josh Hodson a second try for the hosts. Hankinson made is 12-0 with just over fifteen minutes on the clock.
Six minutes later, a piece of fortune for the hosts – one which typified the Knights’ season – saw them extend their lead. With Sammut’s poor pass to fellow half James Meadows bouncing before finding the pivot, Meadows’ kick then looked far too long. A fortunate bounce, however, wrongfooted Perry Whiteley for Hankinson to finish.
18-0 down with just over twenty minutes on the clock, something needed to change and, with the introduction of debutant Corey Johnson off the interchange bench, it did – although he wasn’t involved in the next try.
Minutes after knocking on under pressure while diving to score a try, Whiteley received Dean’s pass around 40m out after the half-back read a wide pass to intercept. The winger outstripped the London defence to score. The impressive Kieran Dixon missed his conversion attempt, but he would go over to score next to make it quickfire Knights tries.
After Danny Washbrook, named once again as a starting half, broke the London line, quick hands from the Knights saw Corey Johnson link up with full-back Dixon – one of the bright spots of the Knights’ season – to go over under the sticks. Our London-born number five converted his own try to make it an eight-point ball game.
With seconds remaining in the first half, Hankinson added two to the Broncos’ score with a penalty after the Knights were penalised for a high shot.
A strong start to the second half has become something which has typified our season so far, but it was London who started quickest and four tries in fifteen minutes took the game away from the Knights.
First, Lovell crashed over for his second of the match from Greg Richards’ short ball. Shortly after, Dean was unable to gather Kieran Dixon’s dummy-half pass and knocked on with London first to it. Despite the best efforts of debutant Johnson, Hankinson went over the whitewash to extend the hosts’ lead.
With the Knights attack now becoming increasingly forced, a Baldwinson offload found only the ground before the Broncos were on it. That set culminated with Hankinson drawing in Dixon before passing to Oliver Leyland, the hosts’ full-back, to go over under the sticks.
Now rampant with the Knights’ defence frayed, winger Abbas Miski was the recipient of a good right to left move orchestrated by the elusive Sammut. Hankinson again converted for the hosts.
The game was up but, despite that, the Knights did get points on the board in the second half when Will Jubb forced his way over from dummy-half. Minutes later, Jacob Jones went over from Pat Moran’s offload from close range.
Ryan Atkins’ late score was nothing more than a consolation and the Knights are left with a lot of work to do ahead of next weekend’s AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final at Wembley against Featherstone.
London Broncos: Oliver Leyland, Tuoyo Egodo, Josh Hodson, Chris Hankinson, Abbas Miski, James Meadows, Jarrod Sammut, Pat Moran, Cole Oakley, Greg Richards, Will Lovell, Josh Walters, Daniel Hindmarsh
Interchanges: Jacob Jones, Titus Gwaze, Jacob Ogden, Will Blakemore.
Tries: Will Lovell (7, 45), Josh Hodson (16), Chris Hankinson (21, 53), Oliver Leyland (58), Abbas Miski (61), Cole Oakley (73)
Goals: Chris Hankinson (9/9)
York City Knights: Kieran Dixon, Jason Bass, Liam Salter, Ryan Atkins, Perry Whiteley, Riley Dean, Danny Washbrook, Ronan Dixon, Will Jubb, Jack Teanby, Danny Kirmond, Sam Scott, Chris Clarkson.
Interchanges: Corey Johnson, Tim Spears, Marcus Stock, Jordan Baldwinson.
Tries: Perry Whiteley (30), Kieran Dixon (32), Will Jubb (69), Ryan Atkins (78)
Goals: Kieran Dixon (3/4)
Man of the Match in partnership with Burflex Scaffolding: Ryan Atkins – sponsored by Marcia Inn Bishopthorpe