Knights teach Skolars a lesson at the Crescent: Sunday 15th April - League 1
York City Knights recorded their seventh consecutive victory to maintain the pressure at the top of Betfred League 1, running out comfortable 66-6 winners over London Skolars at an overcast Bootham Crescent.
Experienced forwards Adam Robinson and Graeme Horne were rotated for Chris Siddons and Dan Hawksworth, Mike Kelly filled in for Joe Batchelor who dropped out for concussion, and on-loan St Helens hooker Aaron Smith was preferred to Will Jubb. There was a recall for Ash Robson too, who traded full back and wing duties throughout the afternoon with Kieren Moss.
The Knights made a bright start, going 10-0 up inside the opening ten minutes thanks to an acrobatic finish from Judah Mazive – the first of his hat trick – and a dummy half scoot from Andy Ellis. Connor Robinson missed his first attempt at goal from the touch line, but was then faultless for the rest of the afternoon kicking eleven goals in total.
Skolars found their first attacking opportunity of the game after a well placed restart found touch, and a well timed pass out the back saw full back Elliot Hall stroll over untouched. Former Knight Neil Thorman converted.
The visitors were providing stern competition for the Knights throughout the first half, and it wasn’t until the 35th minute that York extended their lead – an excellent Kieren Moss break down the left edge had the Skolars on the back foot, and on the next play some fast hands to the right allowed Sam Scott to crash over. The lead was extended when substitute Dan Hawksworth’s fresh legs created another line break just moments later, with Moss in support to finish and score, and with the Knights really on a roll London could do nothing but concede a penalty just to slow the game down. Connor Rubinson duly added the two points as the half time hooter sounded and the Knights led 24-6 at the break.
York effectively killed the game off as a contest just two minutes into the second half as a break down the right from Jake Normington was again supported by Kieren Moss to finish and score his second of the afternoon. A booming 40/20 kick from Ben Cockayne laid the platform for another Knights attacking set, which saw interchange hooker Aaron Smith scoot from dummy half to score.
Next came the try of the afternoon – from the restart Kieren Moss got the ball out wide to Will Oakes who raced 85 meters to score, rounding the Skolars full back in the process.
Judah Mazive produced another ‘Hollywood’ finish on the right edge for his second try on the hour mark, with Connor Robinson excellently converting from the touch line. Aaron Smith then produced a carbon copy of his first try from dummy half to score again, before a second booming 40/20 kick – this time from Connor Robinson – set the platform for Ronan Dixon to crash over on the next play.
Mazive grabbed his hat-trick in the last minute of the game with his never-say-die attitude on a free play. The powerful winger evaded four tired Skolars defenders on his way to the line.
After a slightly scrappy first half it was an ultimately pleasing afternoon’s work for the Knights, who maintain the pressure on leaders Doncaster and Bradford Bulls while adding to their points difference.
The Knights now turn their attentions to a huge game in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Bootham Crescent next Sunday, where they will be hoping to plot a giant killing when they take on Super League big boys Catalans Dragons. Tickets are available online through our partners Eventbrite HERE…
York City Knights: Kieren Moss, Ash Robson, Will Oakes, Jake Normington, Judah Mazive, Ben Cockayne, Connor Robinson, Jordan Walne, Andrew Ellis, Chris Siddons, Mike Kelly, Sam Scott, Tim Spears. Subs (all used): Aaron Smith, Ronan Dixon, Joe Porter, Dan Hawksworth.
Tries: Mazive (6, 60, 79), Ellis (9), Scott (35), Moss (38, 42), Smith (52, 63), Oakes (54), Dixon (72).
Goals: Robinson (11/12).
London Skolars: Elliot Hall, Vinny Finigan, Mike Brown, Jake Melling, Lameck Juma, Jy-Mel Coleman, Neil Thorman, Michael Sykes, Billy Driver, William Martin, Quinn Ngawati, Sam Nash, Ryan Chester. Subs (all used): Louis Robinson, Eddie Mbaraga, Charlie Lawrence, Phil Lyon.
Tries: Hall (16).
Goals: Thorman (1/1).
Isaac Poad Man of the Match: Judah Mazive