Late Knights snatch thrilling draw with Dons: Sunday 3rd September - League 1

Published: 3 September, 2017 - 6:10 pm

York City Knights got out of jail with a late Connor Robinson field goal to earn a thrilling 21-21 draw with Doncaster on a cool autumnal afternoon at Bootham Crescent today (Sunday 3rd September).

That crucial league point booked the Knights place in the Kingstone Press League 1 play offs – either at Barrow or next week’s opponents Whitehaven – with two rounds of the Super 8s stage remaining, a fantastic achievement given where the Knights started from in January.

After a tight opening twenty minutes, the Knights were gifted the opening score as Jake Butler Fleming was handed an interception pass from Doncaster just 30 meters from their own line. Connor Robinson converted for a 6-0 lead.

Doncaster were back on level terms just four minutes later though, a break up the midfield was finished on the next play with Richie Barnett touching down Jack Miller’s cross field kick. Miller’s touchline conversion went in off the post.

Half back turned full back Liam Harris expertly fielded a high kick deep in his own half, before ghosting thrown the Doncaster defence and racing away 80 meters to score a sensational try.

The Dons again hit back as former Knight Nick Rawsthorne crossed down the right edge, and Jack Miller added a field goal on the stroke of half time to edge the visitors into a 10-11 lead at the break.

Hull bound Hakim Miloudi crossed to extend the visitors lead 15 minutes into the second half, but the Knights kept themselves in the game with a Nev Morrison try off the back of impressive work from Butler-Fleming.

A well worked move saw Miloudi score his second try and Doncaster held a crucial 14-21 lead with just ten minutes remaining, but a second Liam Harris try handed the Knights a chance, and Connor Robinson landed a vital field goal to tie the scores at 21 a piece.

The drama didn’t end there however – Doncaster were awarded a penalty 35 meters out for passing off the ground, Jack Miller’s attempt again hit the post, but agonisingly bounced back into the field of play as the full time hooter sounded.

The Knights will now focus on a difficult trip to Whitehaven next Sunday, but can breathe a little easier knowing their place in the play-offs is confirmed.