Match Report: York City Knights 40 London Skolars 10

16th June 2015

Skolars’ losing run continued, but it was a much improved performance against a strong York side.

York went into the lead with two quick tries, the first coming when Ed Smith’s delayed pass opened a gap for Nev Morrison, two minutes later Jordan Howden went over in the left corner. Skolars were penalised several times for holding down, which meant the Knights were able to attack with regularity. Ryan Mallinder scored down the right and when Skolars kicked out on the full they were under pressure again, Howden taking advantage to score his second try.

There was a brief respite when James Anthony was alert to follow up a kick through Marcus Elliott, who then added the conversion. Anthony managed to deflect a York pass to prevent a certain try, but the home side scored again on the stroke of half-time, Jack Pickles just grounding the ball before it slipped from his hands.

York, playing at their temporary home at local amateur side Heworth, scored again soon after the restart, Greg Minikin showing his pace to beat the defence. Josh Tonks dived over to score the Knights’ seventh try and after another two penalties in rapid succession, Liam Cunningham dummied to get to the tryline.

Skolars managed to stop York scoring in the last quarter and scored their second try when Marcus Elliott’s high kick was palmed back by Harvey Burnett to Joe Price to score on his return to the club after a season away (picured)

KNIGHTS

2 Ben Dent

26 James Clare

3 Greg Minikin

24 Mike Channing

5 Nev Morrison

6 Jonny Presley

32 Jordan Howden

8 Mark Applegarth

7 Pat Smith

10 Jack Aldous

12 Ed Smith

4 Liam Cunningham

11 Ryan Mallinder

 

Subs (all used)

9 Harry Carter

21 Jack Pickles

15 Josh Tonks

34 Jack Blagborough

 

Tries: Morrison (9), Howde (11,25), Mallinder (21), Pickles (40), Minikin (48), Tonks (51), Cunningham (59)

Goals: Dent 4/8

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 James Anthony

5 Jimmy Morgan

3 Matt Cook

4 Joe Price

2 Chris Bishay

6 Jermaine Coleman

7 Marcus Elliott

8 Michael Sykes

9 Mike Bishay

10 Lewis Reed

11 Harvey Burnett

12 Kazeem Faturoti

13 Lamont Bryan

 

Subs (all used)

14 Anthony Cox

15 Billy Diver

16 Louis Robinson

17 Aaron Small

 

Tries: Anthony (31), Price (66)

Goals: Elliott 1/2

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 10-0, 16-0, 20-0, 206, 26-6, 30-6, 36-6, 40-6, 40-10

 

Penalty count: 10-4

Half-time: 26-6

Referee: Sam Ansell

Attendance: 401

 

 


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