Match Reports

Toulouse flair sees off Knights in maiden play off

Saturday 14th September - Betfred Championship

Published: 16 September, 2019 - 5:55 pm

By Peter Martini, for the York Press Toulouse Olympique maintained their ascendancy over York City Knights this year as James Ford’s injury-hit troops were unable to suppress the flamboyant French flair in the opening Betfred Championship play-off. The two league matches could have gone either way, with Toulouse edging both and ultimately finishing one point and one place above the Knights in second spot in the table. At 44-6, though, this victory was more clear-cut, with the home team underlining their ability to score from anywhere on the field with a glut of terrific tries. When it goes wrong, such enterprising play... ...Read The Article

Knights finish regular season with victory at Halifax

Sunday 8th September - Betfred Championship

Published: 8 September, 2019 - 7:37 pm

York City Knights rounded off a fairytale Betfred Championship season by coming from behind to beat a spirited Halifax in the September sunshine at Shay Stadium and confirm a third place finish. The Knights were backed by several hundred loud and proud fans resplendent in Hawaiian fancy dress helped create a carnival atmosphere in the stands as they celebrated one of the most successful seasons in recent York RL history. Head Coach James Ford made 2 changes from the team that won at Leigh last weekend, with Jack Teanby and Liam Salter replacing Kriss Brining and Joe Porter. York got... ...Read The Article

Knights leapfrog Leigh in Championship thriller

Sunday 1st September - Betfred Championship

Published: 2 September, 2019 - 11:00 am

For the second time in 2019 York City Knights edged out Leigh Centurions by a single point, winning a thrilling game 23-24 at Leigh Sports Village in Autumnal sunshine and showers to leapfrog their opponents into third place heading into the final weekend of the Betfred Championship regular season. Head Coach James Ford made four changes to the team that beat Featherstone two weeks ago, with Liam Salter out due to the head injury suffered against Fev, and Perry Whiteley sidelined after a minor operation on a non-rugby related issue. Jack Teanby and Ronan Dixon also missed out due to not quite... ...Read The Article

Knights make play-offs with Rovers Revenge in Retro Round

Sunday 18th August - Betfred Championship

Published: 19 August, 2019 - 2:45 pm

York City Knights confirmed their place in the Betfred Championship play-offs for the first time in their history with a resilient 22-18 victory over in-form Featherstone Rovers at Bootham Crescent yesterday. A fantastic crowd of 3,115 were present – with the vast majority celebrating the special ‘Retro Round’ theme by wearing all kinds of weird, wonderful and classic shirts from a bygone era – and they were treated to another all-time classic encounter between the two Yorkshire rivals. This 17th victory of the Championship season now matches the 17 wins that York managed to earn in their previous four seasons... ...Read The Article

Wolfpack too strong for Knights in Canada

Saturday 10th August - Betfred Championship

Published: 12 August, 2019 - 5:08 pm

By Jacob Kilbride, for York Press York City Knights suffered their heaviest defeat since 2016 as they were beaten 56-6 away to League Leaders’ Shield winners Toronto Wolfpack. A number of players were unavailable for York and it showed in a clinical display by Toronto who racked up ten tries in total. The result means that York drop to fourth in the Betfred Championship table after 24 rounds, though one more league point will seal a maiden play-off spot for the Knights. Just five minutes had gone when Gareth O’Brien – returning to the line-up after starting on the bench... ...Read The Article

Knights hold off brave Barrow fightback

Sunday 4th August - Betfred Championship

Published: 4 August, 2019 - 9:19 pm

A first half hat-trick from returning fullback Matty Marsh helped York City Knights to a hard-earned 16-24 victory at Barrow Raiders today. The in-form Knights have now gone seven games since their last Betfred Championship defeat, and remain second in the league – seven points clear of sixth placed Bradford Bulls – with just four games remaining. Head Coach James Ford made changes to the team that won that thrilling game against Bradford two weeks ago, with Marsh’s return allowing Jason Bass to revert to the wing in place of Perry Whiteley who rested a swollen knee, and Michael Kelly... ...Read The Article

Knights break Bulls hearts in last gasp thriller

Sunday 21st July - Betfred Championship

Published: 22 July, 2019 - 1:00 pm

The width of a post at either end of the pitch was all that separated York City Knights and Bradford Bulls in yet another Betfred Championship thriller played out in front of over four thousand fans at Bootham Crescent yesterday. Both teams headed into the game in good form with identical records of four wins and a draw from their last five league games, indicating that we were in for a great game – and it certainly lived up to the pre-match hype. Knights Head Coach James Ford recalled captain Tim Spears after his one match suspension served in the... ...Read The Article

Knights strike late to earn draw at Batley

Sunday 14th July - Betfred Championship

Published: 15 July, 2019 - 12:48 pm

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... ...Read The Article

Steely Knights secure stunning Sheffield win to go Second

- Betfred Championship

Published: 6 July, 2019 - 1:10 pm

York City Knights’ incredible 2019 season continues as they produced one of the best performances of the year to defeat play-off rivals Sheffield Eagles at a sunny Olympic Legacy Park on Friday night. It was the Knights’ 14th victory of the season, and for the next 24 hours at least moved them to second in the Betfred Championship. Head Coach James Ford made four changes from the team that beat Dewsbury in the last minute at Bootham Crescent last week, with Jason Bass returning at full back in place of Matty Marsh, who pulled out of the initial 19 man... ...Read The Article

12 man Knights break Rams hearts

Sunday 30th June - Betfred Championship

Published: 30 June, 2019 - 8:14 pm

York City Knights overcame a red card to pull off a sensational last minute victory over Dewsbury Rams at Bootham Crescent today, to stay in the Betfred Championship play-off places. The Knights formed a guard of honour on the pitch ahead of kick off for Ben Cockayne who has retired after a glittering 350 game career, and Normandy hero Mr Ken Cooke delivered the match ball on Armed Forces Day. Both men received a huge round of applause from the Bootham Crescent crowd. Head Coach James Ford once again rang the changes after the golden point defeat to Batley in... ...Read The Article