Knights strike late to earn draw at Batley: Sunday 14th July - Betfred Championship
A late Connor Robinson penalty goal earned York City Knights a vital Betfred Championship point as they came from 14-6 down to rescue a draw at Batley Bulldogs yesterday.
Head Coach James Ford made 3 changes from the team that won at Sheffield Eagles nine days ago; Captain Tim Spears served a one match suspension, while Sam Scott and Will Oakes rested slight knocks. Marcus Stock reverted to loose forward, and Matty Marsh & Ronan Dixon both returned.
York played up the infamous hill in a first half – and after the early arm wrestle it was the home team that struck first, as on-loan Leeds centre Jack Broadbent superbly broke from his own half to score. Louis Jouffret converted.
The Knights hit back almost immediately after the restart with Brad Hey and Josh Jordan-Roberts both going close, but were then dealt a blow as their most experienced player Graeme Horne left the game with a knee injury in the first half.
The tense arm-wrestle continued under the West Yorkshire sun, and York finally got themselves on the board with a Connor Robinson penalty for offside just before the break.
Both sides had a half-back sin-binned just three minutes into the second half when Robinson and Yates engaged in some needless gamesmanship after a probing kick went behind the dead ball line.
York levelled the scores in the 53rd minute when impressive on-loan centre Cam Scott powered over despite the attentions of three Bulldogs defenders, but their joy was short lived.
Batley retook the lead on the hour mark when an offload by James Brown created space for Broadbent to race clear before sending Jouffret home up the hill for a converted try. The Bulldogs then extended their lead to eight points with a Jouffret penalty from over 40 metres out.
The Knights were back in the game with just over ten minutes remaining when Robinson sent Jordan-Roberts crashing over off the back of a penalty to cut the gap to 14-12. York continued to put the pressure on and Robinson levelled the scores with another penalty goal with just five minutes remaining.
Both sides attempted and missed field goal attempts in a frantic final few minutes, before Batley were dramatically ruled offside as the final hooter sounded. Robinson attempted an audacious 65 metre penalty goal down the hill, but unsurprisingly came up short and the points were shared.
Incredibly, the Knights once again sit in second place on the Betfred Championship ladder after 21 rounds, and now turn their attentions to what is potentially the biggest game of the season when former Super League and World Club Champions Bradford Bulls visit Bootham Crescent this Sunday, 21st July (3pm). The Knights are looking to keep this incredible play-off push on course in another huge Betfred Championship match, and you can buy your ticket online now HERE.
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Batley: Scott, Galbraith, Smeaton, Broadbent, Campbell, Jouffret, Yates, Gledhill, Leak, Dickinson, Wood, Manning, Brown. Subs (all used): Bienek, Everett, Butterworth, Ward.
Tries: Broadbent (16), Jouffret (60).
Goals: Jouffret (3/3).
Sin-bin: Yates (43).
Knights: Marsh, Bass, Hey, C Scott, Whiteley, Harris, Robinson, Dixon, Jubb, Teanby, Jordan-Roberts, Salter, Stock. Subs (all used): Brining, Horne, Blagbrough, Baldwinson.
Tries: C Scott (53), Jordan-Roberts (68).
Goals: Robinson (3/4)
Sin-bin: Robinson (43).
Isaac Poad Man of the Match: Liam Salter