Knights return to winning ways with victory over Widnes: Sunday 16th May - Betfred Championship
Widnes Vikings (14) 14-35 (8) York City Knights
York City Knights produced a strong second-half showing to come from behind to defeat Widnes Vikings 35-14 this afternoon at the DCBL Stadium.
The Knights started with two debutants in Mikey Lewis and James McDonnell, from Hull KR and Wigan Warriors respectively, and started the strongest. The opening score of the afternoon came within the first two minutes when, after good work from Riley Dean close to the line, Sam Scott scored his first try of the season.
Kieran Dixon converted that effort and, in turn, scored the 1000th point of his career. It would prove to be the start of a flawless afternoon with the boot for the winger and, ten minutes later, he opening our lead to eight points with a penalty from close range.
Widnes, however, hit back and wrestled control back from the Knights after a strong opening period of the half. First, big back-rower Adam Lawton forced his way over after crashing onto the ball at pace and, ten minutes later, the hosts would take the lead.
Breaking through the middle of the field from within his own 20m, Widnes full-back Jack Owens stepped past Knights full-back Lewis. The teenager did well to tackle his opposite number but, from the play the ball, a pass to winger Deon Cross saw the hosts hit the front.
Ste Tyrer converted both tries and, just before half time, added a penalty goal to give the hosts a 14-8 lead at the break.
The second half, though, would prove to be a very different one. After great work from Jordan Baldwinson and Matty Marsh, Ben Jones-Bishop was put through a gap and, after evading Owens’ tackle, scored to put us two points behind. Dixon duly brought the scores level with a second conversion of the afternoon.
As our dominance grew, there was a feeling that a try was coming and, just short of the hour mark, it did through Danny Washbrook. Again featuring as an interchange hooker, the former Hull FC man was there waiting when Scott offloaded close to the line and scored his first try of the season. Dixon again goaled, making the score 14-20.
That was still too close for comfort but Lewis, on debut, came up with a moment of brilliance. Early in the set, the Hull KR loanee spotted that there was no full-back present for Widnes and produced a sumptuous chip over the top and was quick enough to be the first to the ball to ground for a memorable first try in Knights colours.
Dixon converted and added a penalty shortly after to give the Knights a fourteen point lead with less than ten minutes remaining. Dean slotted a drop goal to extend the lead and then, moments before the hooter sounded, Dixon made a brilliant break. With Marsh and Lewis in support, the winger drew in the full-back before passing to Lewis to cap a solid debut performance with a second try.
Dixon, who was named as the Knights’ Official Man of the Match, converted to seal a 35-14 victory for the Knights – a strong second half seeing the team nil Widnes.
Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Jayden Hatton, Ste Tyrer, Jake Spedding, Deon Cross, Danny Craven, Joe Lyons, Matt Cook, Brad O’Neill, Kenny Baker, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson, Matty Smith.
Interchanges: Adam Lawton, Joe Edge, Will Tilleke, Daniel Hill.
Tries: Adam Lawton (26), Deon Cross (38)
Goals: Ste Tyrer (3/3)
York City Knights: Mikey Lewis, Ben Jones-Bishop, Liam Salter, Ryan Atkins, Kieran Dixon, Matty Marsh, Riley Dean, James Green, Will Jubb, Marcus Stock, James McDonnell, Sam Scott, Chris Clarkson.
Interchanges: Danny Washbrook, Joe Porter, Jordan Baldwinson, Adam Cuthbertson.
Tries: Sam Scott (7), Ben Jones-Bishop (45), Danny Washbrook (60), Mikey Lewis (68, 80)
Goals: Kieran Dixon (7/7)
Drop Goal: Riley Dean (79)
Official Man of the Match: Kieran Dixon
Picture courtesy RLPix