London Skolars 22 York City Knights 30

18th August 2015

Skolars pushed second place York all the way, with the visitors scoring in the last minute to take the league points.

Skolars taken an early lead when Will Lovell drew in the defence before offloading to Sam Nash to score on the right wing.

However, the Knights hit back hard. Greg Minikiin finishing off a move to the right flank that exposed the defence. Then Pat Smith opened a gap in the middle of the field for Ryan Mallinder to score. That was followed by a third try soon afterwards when Jamel Chisholm, who was on loan to Skolars last month got the ball out on the left, crossed the line in the corner before getting 20 metres closer to the posts to make Ben Dent’s conversion easier.

Midway through the first half there were fears of the 78 point defeat that opened up the season, but Skolars worked hard to hold out some determined attacks, with full-back James Anthony having to defend both high kicks and low grubbers that saw him having to bring the ball out of the in-goal area

Skolars had a good chance early on when Mike Bishay’s kick to the right corner saw Sam Nash get to the ball, but it went forward before Small could touchdown. But there was no stopping Lamont Bryan10 metres from the tryline, the kick being converted by Tommy Connick, returning from injury for his first game since April.

That narrowed the gap to 6 points, but Ben Dent’s penalty extended the lead; Skolars being penalised when the man in possession was adjudged guilty of holding down the tackler. Dave Williams’ try from close range put Skolars right back in the game. York made a half break but Nev Morison’s pass found Williams running back to intercept the ball.

The Knights what was to be a decisive lead when Brad Hey ran onto a Jordan Howden kick to score under the posts. Four minutes later the result was in doubt again when Will Martin pushed his way over the line for his first try for the club after Williams had gone close.

Billy Driver made a good scoot, but Skolars couldn’t make deep inroads into the defence and on the next set, Pat Smith coolly put the ball into the in-goal area forcing a goal-line drop out. When Skolars next had possession it was on their own line, Williams tried a high risk pass to Bryan, and Greg Minikin raced away to score with the final play of the game.

London Skolars

1 James Anthony

2 Sam Nash

3 Matt Cook

4 Joe Price

5 John Paxton

6 Tommy Connick

7 Jermaine Coleman

21 Will Martin

9 Mike Bishay

10 David Williams

11 Will Lovell

12 Kazeem Faturoti

13 Aaron Small


Subs (all used)

14 Louis Robinson

15 Billy Driver

18 Anthony Cox

17 Lamont Bryan

Tries: Nash (4), Bryan (48), Willliams (61), Martin (75)

Goals: Bishay 0/1, Connick 3/3


York City Knights

2 Ben Dent

25 Nev Morrison

26 Greg Minikin

24 Ty Craig

19 Jamel Chisholm

32 Jordan Howden

6 Jonny Presley

8 Mark Applegarth

7 Pat Smith

10 Jack Aldous

12 Ed Smith

15 Josh Tonks

13 Ryan Mallinder


Subs (all used)

14 Kriss Brining

27 Brad Hey

34 Jack Blagborough

17 Brad Nicholson


Tries: Minikin (6,80), Mallinder (13), Chisholm (17), Hay (71)

Goals: Howden 0/1, B Dent 5/5


SCORING SEQUENCE:  4-0, 4-4, 4-10, 4-16, 10-16, 10-18, 16-18, 16-24, 22-24, 22-30


Penalty count: 3-8

Half-time:  4-16

Referee: Tom Crashley

Attendance: 323

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