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London Broncos v York Knights - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking a fourth straight victory in the Betfred Championship when they visit London Broncos on Sunday (3pm).

Both London and York suffered defeats in the Semi-Finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup at the weekend, with Halifax Panthers winning 10-6 against the Broncos and Batley Bulldogs prevailing 22-8 away to the Knights.

The two beaten Semi-Finalists face off this weekend at Wimbledon's Cherry Red Records Stadium hoping to put the disappointment of cup defeats behind them and resume their fine league form.

York are a three-match winning streak in the Betfred Championship, their longest consecutive run of league victories to date in 2023.

The Knights have overcome Halifax Panthers (28-18), Keighley Cougars (0-50) and Sheffield Eagles (23-18) to leave themselves ninth in the table, trailing sixth-placed Halifax, who occupy the last Play-Off place by five points.

Similarly, London have won all of their last four league matches, like York, having beaten two of the current top six.

A narrow 20-18 win at Batley Bulldogs was followed by a 56-10 thrashing of Newcastle Thunder. The Broncos then sealed a 22-6 upset of Toulouse Olympique before beating Swinton Lions 12-6.

Only league leaders Featherstone Rovers and Batley have taken more points in the last 10 rounds of the Betfred Championship than London, who are seventh in the league standings, one place and one point outside the top six.

London had endured a tough start to 2023, losing four of their first five matches and losing six of 10 contests through April to mid-June.

However some deft mid-season recruitment, in the form of Wakefield Trinity prop Rob Butler, ex-Queensland representative half-back Corey Norman and former New Zealand centre Dean Whare, has bolstered London's ranks and form as they seek to make a late push for the Play-Offs.

York do however head to the capital knowing that they have two wins over London to their name already this season.

An AJ Towse hat-trick inspired a narrow 30-28 victory in the Betfred Championship back in May before London returned to the LNER Community Stadium later that month and suffered a 36-12 defeat in the Betfred Challenge Cup Sixth Round, with Olly Butterworth crossing the whitewash three times.

York Knights resume their Betfred Championship away to London Broncos on Sunday (3pm) at Wimbledon's Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Tickets are priced at £17.50 for Adults, £12.50 for Concessions and £3.50 for Under-16s and can be purchased online HERE.

York RLFC will be running a Fans Bus to London, with tickets priced at £35 and available to purchase from the Club Shop (Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm) or over the phone on 01904 670880.

A four-match Fans Bus package is also available for travel to London Broncos (Sunday 30th July), Widnes Vikings (Sunday 20th August), Newcastle Thunder (Friday 25th August) and Barrow Raiders (Sunday 24th September) for £100 from the Club Shop (Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm) or over the phone on 01904 670880.

The Fans Bus pick-up points will be the LNER Community Stadium North Stand Lay-by and The Bootham Tavern. Pick-up times will be confirmed at a later date with customers informed before matchday.


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