Match Reports

Knights hold on to Hornets victory

Sunday 12th May - Betfred Championship

Published: 13 May, 2019 - 2:51 pm

York City Knights will head to the Summer Bash at Blackpool this weekend sitting in third place outright on the Betfred Championship table, after a scrappy 18-24 victory at Rochdale Hornets yesterday. The League 1 Champions have so far exceeded all expectations at a higher level, with 9 wins and 4 losses after playing everyone at the halfway point in the season – this game being the rescheduled round six fixture that was postponed at the last minute back in March. Head Coach James Ford was forced into making more changes to his injury hit team, as on loan half... ...Read The Article

Knights repel Bulldogs fightback

Sunday 5th May - Betfred Championship

Published: 6 May, 2019 - 3:38 pm

York City Knights withstood a strong second half performance from Batley Bulldogs at a chilly Bootham Crescent yesterday, to emerge 28-24 winners and move back into the Betfred Championship play-off places. Knights Captain Tim Spears returned from injury to face his old club, and Graeme Horne also came back into the team. Sam Scott picked up an injury in last week’s trip to Toulouse and was replaced by Josh Jordan-Roberts. York struck first after eight minutes when full back Matty Marsh pounced on a Connor Robinson grubber kick to open the scoring., and Robinson added the first of four successful conversions.... ...Read The Article

Brave Knights push Toulouse all the way in France

Saturday 27th April - Betfred Championship

Published: 29 April, 2019 - 12:57 pm

York City Knights rounded off a tough Easter period of three games in eight days by producing a fantastic performance in the south of France on Saturday afternoon, but narrowly lost 30-26 at Toulouse Olympique. The Knights matched their full time opponents from the first minute to last, scoring five tries each – with the lead changing hands no less than seven times – in one of the best games of the 2019 Betfred Championship to date. Knights Head Coach made a number of changes to the team that beat Widnes Vikings on Easter Monday, as the injured Graeme Horne... ...Read The Article

Knights stun Widnes in sensational second half

Monday 22nd April - Betfred Championship

Published: 23 April, 2019 - 4:10 pm

A stunning second half performance saw York City Knights come from behind to beat Widnes Vikings at a sun drenched Bootham Crescent on Easter Monday, setting a new club record of seven wins in a Betfred Championship season after just ten games. Knights Head Coach James Ford made four changes to the team that lost to Featherstone on Good Friday, with Judah Mazive, Nick Rawsthorne, Dave Petersen and Jack Blagbrough all returning. Lewis Heckford was omitted, while Perry Whiteley and forwards Josh Jordan-Roberts and Ronan Dixon were injured. Widnes drew first blood after ten minutes when second row Sam Wilde... ...Read The Article

Knights fall to Chisholm inspired Fev

Friday 19th April - Betfred Championship

Published: 23 April, 2019 - 2:32 pm

York City Knights were dealt a harsh lesson at the LD Nutrition stadium as Australian half back Dane Chisholm inspired Featherstone Rovers to a 42-12 victory on Good Friday. Matty Marsh, Liam Salter, Robinson, Jack Teanby, Graeme Horne, Scott and Spears were all back after missing the Challenge Cup defeat at Widnes, and hooker Kriss Brining passed his late fitness test. Featherstone got off to a flying start with tries from dual registered Leeds Rhinos pair Alex Sutcliffe and Josh Walters in the opening quarter, plus a Chisholm penalty gave the Rovers a 14-0 lead. York weathered the early storm... ...Read The Article

Widnes end bruised Knights cup run

Saturday 13th April - Coral Challenge Cup

Published: 15 April, 2019 - 4:50 pm

Four tries from debutant Sam Freeman helped Widnes Vikings knock an inexperienced York City Knights side out of the Coral Challenge Cup at the fifth round stage at a chilly Halton Stadium on Saturday night. Knights Head Coach James Ford opted to make a number of changes for the tie, with experienced campaigners Graeme Horne, Sam Scott, Tim Spears and Ben Cockayne as well as strike players Connor Robinson, Liam Salter, Matty Marsh and Jack Teanby all needing to rest various knocks after a bruising opening ten weeks of the season. Joe Batchelor was also cup tied. Loan players Lewis... ...Read The Article

Knights hold off late Swinton fightback to go third

Sunday 7th April - Betfred Championship

Published: 8 April, 2019 - 12:20 pm

York City Knights equalled a modern club record of 6 wins in a Betfred Championship season yesterday, but were made to work hard for it by determined visitors Swinton Lions at a chilly Bootham Crescent. Knights Head Coach James Ford brought back a number of players who sat out the cup win at Barrow last week, with Liam Salter, Ben Cockayne, Connor Robinson, Graeme Horne, Joe Batchelor and Ronan Dixon, along with fit-again Jason Bass and Toronto Wolfpack loanee Nick Rawsthorne, who had been due his second club debut last week before pulling up in the warm-up. Captain Tim Spears broke... ...Read The Article

Knights progress after impressive Barrow victory

Sunday 31st March - Coral Challenge Cup

Published: 1 April, 2019 - 1:36 pm

A much changed York City Knights team produced a superb performance in Cumbria yesterday to beat Barrow Raiders 16-32 and progress to round five of the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup. With one eye on maintaining the Knights impressive form in the Betfred Championship, head coach James Ford rested a number of key players after a bruising opening two months of the season. Ben Cockayne, Graeme Horne, Liam Salter, Connor Robinson, cup tied Joe Batchelor and Ronan Dixon all sat this one out with Marcus Stock, Dave Petersen and Mike Kelly all coming in, and young Kevin Brown produced a man... ...Read The Article

Knights downed by soaring Eagles

Sunday 24th March - Betfred Championship

Published: 24 March, 2019 - 6:46 pm

Sheffield Eagles produced a gutsy performance to inflict York City Knights second defeat of the season at a blustery Bootham Crescent today. Both teams were in good form ahead of the match each having won five of their opening six Betfred Championship games – sitting third and fourth on the ladder respectively – and it was the visitors who came away with the spoils here, inspired by veteran half back Anthony Thackeray. Knights Head Coach James Ford had made four changes to the team that beat Halifax last week, bringing in wing Perry Whiteley who had recovered from a migrane... ...Read The Article

Knights hammer Fax to continue dream run

Sunday 17th March - Betfred Championship

Published: 17 March, 2019 - 7:08 pm

York City Knights put last week’s late postponement dramas at Rochdale behind them by producing a top drawer performance to beat Halifax at a sunny Bootham Crescent – their fitch consecutive Betfred Championship victory. James Ford welcomed forwards Tim Spears and Sam Scott back into the team for their first appearances of the season, but winger Perry Whiteley pulled up just moments before kick off with a migraine. For Halifax Ben White came in for former York player Ben Johnston in the halves, and Will Maher replaced Liam Cooper in the pack. Despite letting Halifax’s kick off bounce out, the... ...Read The Article