York City Knights have taken a huge step towards ensuring their place in the Championship playoffs after a 23-18 win over Sheffield Eagles at Olympic Legacy Park tonight.
It took a while for the game to come into life but it was York who scored first as Jason Bass scored just past the half hour. Connor Robinson converted to make it a six point advantage for the Knights.
But they couldn’t take that lead into the break as Ben Blackmore got in out wide. Pat Walker converted to level the scores right on half time.
York then scored two tries in the first ten minutes of the second half through Cameron Scott and Marcus Stock. This gave them a ten point buffer.
The Eagles would not go away and got another try back through Anthony Thackeray. Walker missed the conversion, meaning their deficit was now down to six points.
Once more, York were able to keep themselves ahead by more than one try as Will Oakes got through to score. Robinson converted to put their lead up to 12 points, their highest lead of the night so far.
With ten minutes to go, Sheffield threatened a grand stand finish as Olly Davies got through to score. Walker converted to leave just one try in the contest.
But the night belonged to York and they confirmed victory with a Robinson drop goal with five minutes to go.
That win takes the Knights into second place for now at least, but they are now in a great position to qualify for the playoffs. They travel to Batley Bulldogs next Sunday.
As for Sheffield, it is a blow for them and they will have to wait and see what damage it has done. They host Dewsbury Rams next Friday night.