Ahead of the Knights’ trip to face Bradford Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Odsal, half-back Liam Harris outlined his belief that a battle will be waiting for the team in West Yorkshire.
“On their pitch, it’s going to be a tough, physical contest through the middle. They’ve got some strong boys in the pack so I think that’s where they will try to go but it’s always a good battle between York and Bradford.
“I’ve been involved with some good ones and I’m looking forward to it.”
Harris produced the late drop-goal that gave the Knights a memorable 25-24 win over the Bulls at Bootham Crescent in summer 2019. On what he remembers of that day, Harris said: “Just kicking the drop-goal to win, really!
“They’re always close games and they’re the ones players love playing in. It’s a really good rivalry and yeah, the boys will really rise to the occasion as well as the fans.”
After the Knights’ last match against Barrow Raiders ten days ago, another blank weekend saw James Ford’s team able to recuperate, something Harris believes will stand the team in good stead.
“It’s been good to get a bit of downtime. Playing on the Monday night at Barrow was tough and it took a lot out of our bodies so it’s fallen quite nicely with a weekend off
“Some of the boys had a weekend away and I think we’re all refreshed and ready to go ahead of Sunday.”
In the midst of the impressive defensive effort against Barrow, Harris produced a superb tackle with Raiders centre Ryan Shaw looking almost certain to score.
“It was probably the only tackle of my career!”
“But no, it was a great effort from all the boys and it showed the willingness we have to work hard for each other.
“We have an ethos that we don’t stop working until the eighty minutes is done and we showed that in abundance which was great.
“The whole Tee Ritson period where our defence kept them out showed that and it epitomises what we want to be.”
Tickets are available for the Knights’ trip to face Bradford Bulls on Sunday at Odsal directly from the Knights Club Shop.
Tickets are priced at £20 for adults, £17 for concessions and free for under-16s. We are open between 10am and 4pm on Thursday and Friday. Tickets will also be available on the day.