York City Knights picked up their first win of the season after a 64-16 victory over Swinton Lions at Heywood Road.
The Knights took the lead after just three minutes, with Kieran Dixon finishing a Ryan Atkins break to score. Dixon missed the conversion, meaning their lead stayed at four points.
York doubled their advantage three minutes later. Ronan Dixon showed good feet to get around the defence to score by the posts. Kieran Dixon kicked the conversion to put York’s advantage into double figures.
10 minutes later, the Knights claimed their third try of the afternoon, Matty Marsh found a gap and went over from close range. Dixon scored the conversion.
Just past the 20 minute mark, York scored again as Ronan Dixon found the line from close range to score. Kieran Dixon added the conversion for 22 points in 22 minutes.
Four minutes later, fullback Connor Wynne, making his debut after signing on loan from Hull FC, broke free and got around the defence to score. Dixon was on target with the conversion attempt.
Marsh then got his second try on the half-hour after being put through a gap by Danny Kirmond to score. Dixon kicked the conversion to make it 34-0 at the break.
Swinton were able to hit back in the first set of the second half, as Luis Roberts went over in the corner. Jack Hansen kicked the conversion for the Lions.
Just four minutes later, York got their 34-point lead back as Riley Dean got on the end of a grubber from Marsh to score. Dixon scored the conversion.
Soon after, Marsh completed his hat-trick after supporting a break from Jordan Baldwinson to go over. Dixon converted to extend their lead to 40 points.
York then hit the half-century with just over 25 minutes to go, with Ryan Atkins getting on the end of Dean’s grubber kick to score. Dixon scored the conversion.
Things got worse for Swinton as they were reduced to 12 men after Nick Gregson was sent to the sin bin for a late hit. Will Hope was also sin binned.
The Knights got their 10th try of the game on the hour mark with Dean showing good feet to cut back inside and score. Dixon added the conversion, as they made it 58 points in 61 minutes.
Swinton got their second try with 10 minutes to go, as Geronimo Doyle attacked the line, and spread the ball out to Mike Butt to score in the corner. Hansen could not add the conversion.
The Lions made it back-to-back tries as Doyle broke free again and passed inside Louis Brogan to score. Hansen scored the conversion to take them up to 16 points.
But the final word would go to the Knights, as Marsh went over for his fourth try of the afternoon after supporting Danny Washbrook’s run to get over. Dixon scored the conversion to complete the scoring.
Both sides are back in action next week. Swinton travel to Widnes Vikings next Sunday while York travel to Dewsbury Rams on the same day.
Swinton Lions: Geronimo Doyle, Mike Butt, Mitch Cox, Luis Roberts, Sam Grant, Martyn Ridyard, Jack Hansen, Sam Brooks, Luke Waterworth, Louis Brogan, Rhodri Lloyd, Nick Gregson, Will Hope.
Subs: Tom Spencer, Paddy Jones, Sam Luckley, Paul Nash.
Head Coach: Stuart Littler.
York City Knights: Connor Wynne, Ben Jones-Bishop, Liam Salter, Ryan Atkins, Kieran Dixon, Matty Marsh, Riley Dean, Ronan Dixon, Will Jubb, Yusuf Aydin, Danny Kirmond, Lewis Peachey, Chris Clarkson.
Subs: Danny Washbrook, Jordan Baldwinson, Marcus Stock, Adam Cuthbertson.
Head Coach: James Ford.