Match Reports

Knights hold out Bulls in Odsal epic

Sunday 22nd July - League 1

Published: 23 July, 2018 - 2:04 pm

York City Knights avenged their opening day defeat to Bradford Bulls in spectacular fashion at Odsal stadium yesterday, but only after withstanding an epic fightback in another outstanding game between the two Betfred League 1 front-runners. It was a fairytale end to a fantastic week for the Knights, who were celebrating head coach James Ford’s new 3 year full time contract, and the notable squad additions of Jack Ormonroyd & Josh Jordan-Roberts from Leeds Rhinos, and NRL star Joel Edwards. Ormondroyd made an impact in his debut from the bench, and Andy Ellis & Sam Scott returned after missing last... ...Read The Article

Knights hold off plucky Skolars

Saturday 14th July - League 1

Published: 15 July, 2018 - 1:02 pm

York City Knights overcame a potential Betfred League 1 banana skin in the shape of London Skolars at New River Stadium yesterday – but only just! In hot and humid conditions which brought about a very slow ruck speed, the Knights struggled to find any fluency in attack in a largely frustrating afternoon – but four tries either side of half time were enough to secure two more valuable league points. On the eve of the game Will Dagger pulled up with a calf strain, so half back Liam Jackson stepped in on the wing. Aussie centre Jake Butler-Fleming made... ...Read The Article

12 man Knights tough it out against spirited Dons

Sunday 8th July - League 1

Published: 9 July, 2018 - 5:38 pm

York City Knights produced yet another battling performance yesterday to see off a resolute Doncaster side in energy-sapping humid conditions at Bootham Crescent. Their fifth consecutive Betfred League 1 victory sees them remain just two points behind leaders Bradford and importantly six points clear of third placed Oldham with ten rounds remaining. Head Coach James Ford welcomed back the experienced trio of captain Tim Spears, Andy Ellis and Graeme Horne as well as point scoring machine Connor Robinson. Loanee Colton Roche also returned from a groin strain. In a huge blow for both teams considering the sweltering conditions, referee Marcus... ...Read The Article

Knights defence earns tough Newcastle victory

Sunday 1st July - League 1

Published: 2 July, 2018 - 11:49 am

Two late tries earned York City Knights a crucial 24-6 victory in sweltering conditions at Bootham Crescent yesterday, who were made to work extremely hard for it against a resolute Newcastle Thunder. The Knights were without experienced trio Graeme Horne, Andy Ellis and Tim Spears as well as leading points scorer Connor Robinson – but the inexperienced pack stood up well to Newcastle’s impressive fire power, that included former Knights Jack Aldous, Tyler Craig and Ben Dent. The opening half an hour was a real war of attrition as the ball rarely went out of play – a testament to... ...Read The Article

Knights earn vital victory in Cougar Park heat

Sunday 24th June - League 1

Published: 25 June, 2018 - 12:45 pm

York City Knights kept their composure as temperatures rose both on and off the field at Cougar Park yesterday, outplaying their hosts to secure a vital 14-46 victory and two crucial Betfred League 1 points. York are now four points clear of third placed Oldham following their narrow defeat at fourth placed Hunslet as the exciting race for the top 5 takes shape moving into the second half of the season. Head Coach James Ford made four changes to the team that won at Crusaders last time out, with Judah Mazive returning on the wing after a month out, with... ...Read The Article

Knights grind out win in Wales

Sunday 17th June - League 1

Published: 18 June, 2018 - 11:50 am

York City Knights produced a clinical performance at an overcast Queensway Stadium in Wrexham yesterday to claim two more vital Betfred League 1 points with a 4-31 victory over North Wales Crusaders.  The Knights controlled the game by dominating field position on the narrow pitch and Crusaders struggled to cope with York’s fast ruck speed, ultimately conceding a number of penalties and with it, possession. James Ford made three changes to the team that beat Workington last week, with dual-registered Jordan Walne and Josh Johnson coming in for injured duo Mike Kelly and Colton Roche, and hometown hooker Harry Carter... ...Read The Article

Knights get back on track with proud Workington win

Sunday 10th June - League 1

Published: 11 June, 2018 - 1:57 pm

James Ford celebrated his 100th game in charge of York City Knights by watching his team produce a strong performance in the Bootham Crescent sun to beat Workington Town 40-8. With Workington expected to bring a sizeable pack, York’s forwards really stood up in the heat and laid a strong platform for an important win. Ben Cockayne moved back to stand off in place of Graeme Horne and was instrumental throughout, producing a try and a number of assists as the Knights secured their position in second place on the Betfred League 1 ladder. The opening 15 minutes was a... ...Read The Article

Second half Haven show ends Knights run

Sunday 20th May - League 1

Published: 29 May, 2018 - 2:09 pm

A nightmare second half show at the Recreation Ground saw York City Knights surrender an 8-18 half time lead over Whitehaven and suffer their first Betfred league 1 defeat since the opening day of the season. The Knights fielded an unusual 17, with Graeme Horne named at stand-off and Brad Hey out on the wing, and were dealt a further blow as Jake Butler-Fleming departed less than five minutes into the game with a suspected pectoral tear. Substitute hooker Will Jubb deputised on the right edge, and starting 9 Andy Ellis produced an 80 minute performance under the hot Cumbrian... ...Read The Article

Knights back at the top with Hemel rout

Sunday 20th May - League 1

Published: 21 May, 2018 - 12:12 pm

York City Knights recorded their third-highest ever victory – but only their second-highest victory this season – to return to the top of Betfred League 1 at a scorching hot Bootham Crescent yesterday. York ran in 16 tries in total to record a comprehensive 90-0 victory against Hemel Stags – meaning that the Knights have scored an incredible 234 points and conceded 0 in their last two games at Bootham Crescent. Will Dagger and Matty Marsh came into the team on dual registration while Judah Mazive & Jake Butler-Fleming rested minor knocks. Dan Maskill played 80 minutes at Hooker with Will... ...Read The Article

Second half show seals Knights victory at Coventry

Saturday 12th May - League 1

Published: 13 May, 2018 - 2:30 pm

A dominant six-try second half performance saw York City Knights overcome a spirited Coventry Bears at Butts Park Arena to register their eight consecutive 2018 Betfred League 1 victory. The Knights had made five changes to the team that had held on for victory at Hunslet last week, with Ash Robson returning on the wing, Liam Jackson at half-back, second-row Mike Kelly, prop Dan Hawksworth, and Featherstone loan hooker Danny Maskill on debut. They replaced winger Tommy Saxton, dual-reg full-back Will Dagger, centre Jake Butler-Fleming, prop Graeme Horne and hooker Andy Ellis – the latter three all resting knocks. York raced... ...Read The Article