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Sheffield Eagles v York Knights - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking their second win over Sheffield Eagles in 2023 when they travel to the Olympic Legacy Park on Friday night (7.30pm).

The 12-player York overcame Sheffield 24-22 at the LNER Community Stadium in the Betfred Challenge Cup Fourth Round in early April.

Despite losing Danny Kirmond to a straight red card, a brace from Kirmond and scores from Myles Harrison, Conor Fitzsimmons and AJ Towse earned cup progress for the Knights, who held off a second-half fightback by the Eagles, having led 20-0 at half-time.

Sheffield responded to that Betfred Challenge Cup exit by wining four of their next six matches, leaving the Eagles sitting 2nd in the Betfred Championship.

Mark Aston's side topped Newcastle Thunder (20-44) and Swinton Lions (16-6) before narrowly losing out to unbeaten league leaders Featherstone Rovers (28-20).

Back-to-back away victories over Keighley Cougars (18-46) and Newcastle (32-38) followed before a shock 26-40 home defeat to Whitehaven at the Olympic Legacy Park on Sunday.

Head Coach Andrew Henderson and his Knights side will be wary of the threat posed by Sheffield's attack on Friday night.

Only leaders Featherstone have scored more points than the 393 managed by the South Yorkshire club so far in the Betfred Championship.

Former Knights winger Ben Jones-Bishop tops Sheffield's try-scoring chart with 13 thus far, including a double against Whitehaven last time out, while ex-Castleford Tigers half-back Cory Aston is the division's top points-scorer on 104.

The Knights also head to South Yorkshire in the knowledge of their strong recent record at Sheffield.

York have not lost away to the Eagles since 2013's 46-14, winning their last three trips to Sheffield.

A 23-16 win was secured in 2019 by James Ford's side in the Betfred Championship before the 2021 season opened with a 30-6 victory away to the Eagles in the Betfred Challenge Cup.

A Marcus Stock double inspired the most recent victory away to Sheffield as the Knights ran out as 34-14 at the Olympic Legacy Park.

York Knights will be seeking a second win over Sheffield Eagles in 2023 when they visit the Olympic Legacy Park on Friday night (7.30pm).

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