York City Knights came from 14-8 down at half-time to beat Widnes Vikings 35-14 at the DCBL Stadium.
York got themselves in front with six minutes on the clock. Riley Dean managed to attack the Widnes line, before getting a pass off to Sam Scott, who powered over. Kieran Dixon converted to open up a six-point lead.
The Knights extended that lead just before the 20-minute mark. Dixon kicked the two points after Widnes were caught offside close to their own line.
Soon after, Widnes did get their response. Adam Lawton was able to take in a short pass and power over. Ste Tyrer kicked the conversion to get the Vikings back within two points.
Widnes then managed to hit the front for the first time in the afternoon. Jack Owens managed to break from his own 30m line and almost went all the way before being stopped by Mikey Lewis. From the next play-the-ball, Jayden Hatton managed to go over under the posts. Tyrer converted to give the Vikings a four-point lead.
That lead was extended before the break, as Tyrer managed to kick a penalty after York put the kick off out on the full and then conceded another penalty from in front of the posts.
York started the second half well, and got their reward five minutes in. Ben Jones-Bishop was able to step free and get his way over the try line. Dixon added the conversion to level the scores.
Just before the hour, the Knights took the lead for the second time. Scott drew a couple of Widnes defenders in, before offloading to Danny Washbrook for the try. Dixon added the conversion for a six-point lead.
York then took the game away from Widnes with their third try of the half. Lewis chipped over the top towards the in-goal and scored himself. Dixon was once more on target with the conversion attempt.
Dixon added two more soon after, as Widnes were called for a dangerous tackle. Dean also added a drop-goal near the end.
There was also time for one more try. Dixon broke down the middle and set up Lewis for his second of the afternoon. Dixon added the conversion.
Both sides have their first game in front of a crowd next week. Widnes welcome Whitehaven next Sunday, while York welcome Oldham.
Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Jayden Hatton, Ste Tyrer, Jake Spedding, Deon Cross, Danny Craven, Joe Lyons, Matt Cook, Brad O’Neill, Kenny Baker, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson, Matty Smith.
Subs: Adam Lawton, Joe Edge, Will Tilleke, Daniel Hill.
Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.
York City Knights: Mikey Lewis, Ben Jones-Bishop, Liam Salter, Ryan Atkins, Kieran Dixon, Matty Marsh, Riley Dean, James Green, Will Jubb, Marcus Stock, James McDonnell, Sam Scott, Chris Clarkson.
Subs: Danny Washbrook, Jordan Baldwinson, Adam Cuthbertson, Joe Porter.
Head Coach: James Ford.