Last gasp Knights buck Broncos in Cup shock: Sunday 23rd February - Coral Challenge Cup
By Joe Smith
Jimmy Keinhorst’s first try in York City Knights colours saw James Ford’s men record their first victory of the season in an evenly fought, tight Coral Challenge Cup Round Four tie in the capital.
With the Knights without a win thus far in 2020, Ford had outlined in the build-up the importance for his team to get off the mark but he couldn’t have wished for a worse start. Danny Ward’s Broncos started like a house on fire, scoring a try on their very first set as back-rower Daniel Hindmarsh forced his way to the line and, when winger Tuoyo Egodo continued his fine scoring form at the start of the season, it looked as though it could be a long afternoon for the Knights.
Indeed, York had barely threatened their hosts’ line when Rhys Curran crossed for London’s third try in an impressive opening spell. Cory Aston, however, was unable to convert any of those efforts and that would come back to bite the Broncos.
Despite being second-best for the majority of the opening forty, the Knights would go into the sheds with just a six point deficit after James Green crashed over under the sticks for Connor Robinson, returning for York after missing last weekend’s defeat at Leigh through suspension, to kick his first of four successful conversion attempts.
Whatever Ford had said to the Knights at half-time had the desired impact as two quickfire tries through forwards Jordan Baldwinson and the impressive Marcus Stock saw the Knights hit the front for the first time.
London, however, hit back in style as hooker Eloi Pelissier scampered from dummy-half, going through a gaping hole in the Knights defensive line to score his second try in as many games and, when Guy Armitage forced his way over in the corner shortly after the fifty minute mark, London hit the front and held that lead until the dying moments of the match.
Only when Ben Johnston, one of the Knights’ headline recruits ahead of the 2020 season, made his first real break of the match did the chance present itself for the Knights. The half-back was stopped ten metres short by James Meadows, one of London’s stand out players on the day, but the Knights were able to work the ball right. With the experienced Danny Washbrook travelling laterally, Jimmy Keinhorst’s run back underneath the back-rower saw him catch the London defence on their heels and the centre was able to go over to steal the game for York.
Despite being outscored by five tries to four, Robinson’s success with the boot proved to be crucial in the final reckoning, his final conversion edging the Knights into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish with just seconds remaining on the clock, earning a spot in the bag in the fifth round draw on BBC Sport tonight (Monday 24th February).
Next up for the York is a trip to Halifax this Sunday, 1st March, where they will seek to earn their first two Betfred Championship league points with renewed confidence after their Challenge Cup heroics. The Knights are pleased to offer a special Ticket & Travel bundle for this game, meaning you can follow your team for a great value price! Click HERE for more details.
London: Ashall-Bott, Hodson, Ogden, Armitage, Egodo, Aston, Meadows, Krasniqi, Davis, Battye, Hindmarsh, Curran, Fozard. Subs (all used): Walters, Norman, Pelissier, Blakemore.
Tries: Hindmarsh (1), Egodo (12), Curran (17), Pelissier (49), Armitage (54).
Goals: Aston (1/4)
Knights: Marsh, Wallis, Keinhorst, Salter, Hey, Johnston, Robinson, Teanby, Jubb, Clarkson, Washbrook, Scott, Spears. Subs (all used): Brining, Green, Baldwinson, Stock.
Tries: Green (38), Baldwinson (43), Stock (46), Keinhorst (78).
Goals: Robinson (4/4)
Referee: Tom Grant
Isaac Poad Man of the Match: Jimmy Keinhorst