York City Knights Ride Away with Win Against Skolars – Full Match Report

8th March 2016

Kingstone Press League 1

York City Knights 28 London Skolars 12

Skolars lost their opening game of the league campaign, but the performance against a side tipped for promotion was a big improvement after the Challenge Cup defeat the previous week.

It was the Knights first league game at the temporary home at Bootham Cresent and they got off to a good start as Kris Brining scooted over from dummy half for the first try. Skolars’ ball handling was still showing some of the weaknesses displayed at Pilks Recs and when they lost the ball and then conceded a penalty, the visitors took advantage with James Marland strolling over on the right wing.

The end of the first half saw Skolars start to exert more of an influence, forcing a drop out, something they did again straight from the restart after half-time, But they couldn’t turn territorial possession into points and Marland went in at the other end for his second try, followed soon afterwards by Brett Turner on the other wing.

Skolars got onto the scoreboard just after the hour mark, when Erjon Dollapi used his power to push through some strong defence on the tryline. York hit back with their next set of possession, opening up a gap on the right side for Brad Hey to race over for their fifth try. When Skolars were penalised for interference on the York winger by Aaron Small as they both went for a high kick, there was surprise when, seconds later, Will Lovell was shown the red card, apparently for disputing the decision. A very late tackle on Jermaine Coleman went unpunished a few minutes later. Mark Applegarth added York’s final try late on, but there was just time for Alex Anthony to swerve through the defence to score for Skolars before the hooter sounded. Charlie Lawrence kicked the conversion and then had to repeat the task, as the first attempt was chalked off by the ref.



1 Rob Wilkinson

2 Brett Turner

3 Brad Hey

4 Connor Bowes

5 James Morland

6 Jon Presley

7 Danny Nicklas

8 Brett Waller

9 Kris Brining

10 Jack Aldous

11 Ed Smith

12 Josh Tonks

13 Mike Emmett

Subs (all used)

14 Harry Carter

15 Mark Applegarth

19 Russ Spiers

18 Jordan Crowther


Tries: Brining (10), Morland (29,46), Turner (58), Hey (65), Applegarth (76)

Goals: Nicklas 2/6



1 Alex Anthony

2 Sam Nash

3 Aaron Small

4 Joe Price

5 John Paxton

6 Jermaine Coleman

7 Charlie Lawrence

8 Toby Everett

9 Mike Bishay

10 David Williams

11 Mike Worrincy

12 Will Lovell

13 Eddie Mbaraga


Subs (all used)

14 Ben Pointer

15 Jon Magrin

19 Erjon Dollapi

18 Louis Robinson


Tries: Dollapi (62), Anthony (80)

Goals: Lawrence 2/2

Sending off: Lovell (73) – dissent


Penalty count: 8-6


Half-time: 10-0

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas

Attendance: 554


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 10-0, 16-0, 20-0, 20-6, 24-6, 28-6, 28-12



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