Oxford RL: Sunday 9th April - League 1
Late scores from Callum Windley and Jordan Siddons consigned York City Knights to a disappointing defeat to Oxford at a sunny Tilsley Park on Sunday. It was almost three years ago that Oxford last beat a heartland team in the League, with that win also coming against York at Huntington Stadium. The Knights got off to the best start possible when on the second tackle Harry Carter scooted through from inside his own half to open the scoring after just 28 seconds.
York scored another a few minutes later through Hull FC loanee Nick Rawsthorne after an Oxford knock-on had gifted them possession and the Knights appeared to be in firm control, however Oxford hit back with two quick tries from Jordan Gill and Max Jowitt. With both tries converted Oxford had a two-point lead quarter of the way into the match.
Tries from Jon Presley and Brad Hey reestablished the Knights lead, and despite Callum Windley narrowing the gap again to four points, hooker Will Jubb burrowed over near the posts on the half time hooter to keep the visitors in control.
A frustrating second 40 minutes followed for York, with plenty of handling errors and penalties starving Fordy’s men of any meaningful chances to attack. Marcus Brooker dummied a pass before diving over the line and Oxford were back in the game.
York’s best spell of the second half came with 20 minutes to go and saw them get over the line on three occasions in four tackles, but on all three occasions they were held up.
The next try was an odd one – Oxford’s penalty kick failed to find touch, but incredibly Jordan Gill was first to react and cross for his hat-trick, with Max Jowitt’s conversion levelling the scores.
In the latter stages of the game Max Jowitt was clattered by Ed Smith as both a high ball on the last tackle. Smith was sin-binned and sat out the remainder of the match.
The match entered drop goal territory and after failed attempts from both teams, Callum Windley found success from 30 metres out to give Oxford a crucial lead. York tried to regain possession with a short kick-off but Oxford won the ball, and the result was sealed when Jordan Siddons burst through to score, something that must have given him particular pleasure with his brother Chris on the opposing team.
Oxford – 1 Max Jowitt, 2 Josh Atkinson, 3 Kane Riley, 4 Curtis Macdonald, 5 Jordan Gill, 6 Callum Windley, 7 Scott Fleming, 24 Stuart Biscomb, 9 Casey Canterbury, 8 Dwaine McRae, 11 Harvey Burnett, 12 Will Cooke, 13 Jordan Crowther
Interchanges: 14 Brad Moules, 15 Marcus Brooker, 18 Jordan Siddons, 25 Anthony Cox
Tries: Jordan Gill (15), Max Jowitt (20), Jordan Gill (34), Marcus Brooker (48), Jordan Gill (67), Jordan Siddons (78)
Goals: Max Jowitt (5 from 6)
Drop Goal: Callum Windley (75)
York – 22 Liam Harris, 4 Tommy Brierley, 24 Nick Rawsthorne, 19 James Haynes, 5 Tommy Saxton, 23 Jonny Presley, 7 Harry Tyson-Wilson, 8 Bobby Tyson-Wilson, 14 Harry Carter, 10 Chris Siddons, 12 Ed Smith, 11 Brad Hey, 13 Tim Spears,
Interchanges: 16 Ronan Dixon, 30 Will Jubb, 28 Kieran Moran, 3 Nev Morrison
Tries: Harry Carter (1), Nick Rawsthorne (7), Jonny Presley (24), Brad Hey (29), Will Jubb (40)
Goals: Harry Tyson-Wilson (4 from 5)
Referee – Tom Crashley
Penalties – Oxford 8 York 3
Sin-bin – Ed Smith, 72.
Half-time – Oxford 18 York 28
Full-time – Oxford 35 York 28