Injuries add to Skolars’ woes at York

6th May 2014

Kingstone Press Championship 1

York City Knights 36

London Skolars 16


Though outplayed, for a long period in the second half Skolars looked like they might pick up a bonus point at York, but two quick fire tries just after hour mark established the Knight’s superiority.

After a failed interception attempt saw Ryan Malinder run through the gap in the defence to open the scoring for York, Skolars enjoyed some early dominance. Courtney Davies’ short pass helped Sam Wellings break the defence for the Londoner’s first try, Matt Bradley’s conversion levelling the scores. With Ryan McDonald causing problems in attack against his old side, Skolars got some good field position. It was a long pass from Davie that set up the second try with Judd Greenhalgh going in at the corner.

Bradley missed a difficult conversion and went off with a damaged shoulder sustained a couple of tackles earlier. With Anthony Cox having limped off in the first ten minutes, it meant coach Joe Mbu had little opportunity to spell his forwards.

With a big overlap on the right, Adam Dent scored an easy try and the Knights followed it up three minutes later, Jack Lee plucking the ball out the Skolars’ hands 5 metres from their own line.

Skolars worked hard in defence with Tely Pelo and Dave Williams regularly stopping the York forwards in their tracks. However, with Skolars tiring the Knights started to create gaps on the flanks and, after missing out on several chances in the second half, tries for James Saltonstall and Ed Smith gave them a comfortable lead.

Martyn Smith scored one of his trademark short range tries, converted by Sam Druce, but Skolars needed another score to get the bonus point. Instead they allowed the ball to run dead from the kick off, forcing themselves to have to drop out from under their posts. York’s James Haynes duly punished the error and Benn Hardcastle kicked his sixth conversion of the day.


1 Jamie Haynes

28 Adam Dent

23 James Saltonstall

4 Greg Minikin

5 Ben Dent

23 Benn Hardcastle

7 Johnny Presley

18 Jake Joynt

9 Jack Lee

10 JackAldous

11 Ryan Mallinder

12 Ed Smith

13 Lee Paterson

Subs (all used)

6 Pat Smith

24 Nathan Harper

8  Nathan Freer

15 Jason Golden


Tries: Mallinder (7), A Dent (23), Lee (26), Saltonstall (62), E Smith (65), Haynes (76)

Goals: Hardcastle 6/6



1 Dennis Tuffour

14 Judd Greenhalgh

4 Mufaro Mvududu

3 John Paxton

5 Ibrahim Kabia

6 Coutney Davies

7 Matt Bradley

20 Tely Pelo

9 Martyn Smith

21 Ryan McDonald

11 Sam Wellings

12 Anthony Cox

10 Dave Williams


Subs (all used)

13 Louis Robinson

8 Rob Thomas

16 Sam Druce

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