MATCH REPORT – York City Knights 24 – 6 Newcastle Thunder

Newcastle Thunder put in a committed display against York City Knights on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to extend their four-match winning run as the Knights absorbed over an hour of relentless pressure to take the Betfred League 1 points.

A meeting of sides missing key figures to their recent successes, Thunder enjoyed the best of the game in terms of being on the front foot but were unable to convert that into points and cause one of the upsets of the season.

An absorbing first half was played at a commendable pace in searing heat as both sides battered away at each other and trading drop-outs, but remained scoreless until the 25-minute mark.

Fresh from four tries the week before, Lewis Young was back into his preferred full-back berth in the absence of Tee Ritson and created the opening try for his side as he once again ran an opposition defence ragged.

Jinking in and out at rapid speed, Young took out numerous defenders on a superb run before putting former Knight Ben Dent in for the opening score.

A missed conversion, allowed the Knights to level five minutes later as Ash Robson ran an arcing line to cut passed two Thunder defenders before Thunder regained the lead on 38 mins thanks to a Tom Shaw penalty.

With both teams having found their marks an entertaining close to the half was played out with York adding a further converted try.

It allowed them to assume a 10-6 lead but it was one that was threatened with another potent attack.

Kicking early form a scrum, Young made up meters on the Knights cover and forced an error from the Knights.  Working the ball left to Tyler Craig, the centre was denied by the hooter.

After York won some early territorial gains at the start of the second half, it was one-way traffic in the visitors’ favour for most of the next half hour with attack after attack piling the pressure on the Knights.

A combination of penalties and handling errors allowed Thunder to keep that applied but it was to no avail, with the next score coming as the Knights broke free for a try against the run of play.

When an attacking kick rebounded off a Newcastle ankle straight into Joe Batchelor on the run, York broke away to earn a little breathing space as he darted forward before giving Matty Marsh the try.

Having been on the front foot for most of the game, Thunder were far from out of contention even with only 10mins remaining, but instead, it was York who made sure of the result, with a further converted try and a penalty goal taking them to a 24-6 victory.

Newcastle Thunder

Lewis Young, Ben Dent, Joe Brown, Tyler Craig, Mo Agoro, Tom Shaw, Adam Brook, Liam McAvoy, Ben Pointer, Jack Aldous, Aaron Ollett, Sam Luckley, Harry Aldous, Oliver Gowing, Joe Cator, Vincent Rennie, Conor Fitzsimmons

Try Scorer – Young

Goal Scorer – Shaw

York City Knights

Ash Robson, Will Oakes. Joe Batchelor. Brad Hey, Judah Mazive, Ben Cockayne, Matty Marsh, Dan Hawksworth, Daniel Maskill, Ronan Dixon, Michael Kelly, Sam Scott, Joe Porter, Harry Carter, Jordan Walne, Joshua Johnson, Adam Robinson,

Try Scorers – Robson, Scott, Oakes, Marsh

Goal Scorer – Robson x5