The Knights now have three consecutive Betfred Championship wins to their name and, after inflicting a 38-6 defeat on Newcastle Thunder, forward Marcus Stock gave us his thoughts on the showing.
“I think we started really well and, towards the end, we probably could have put more points on them. Obviously, though, we moved the team around a bit with interchanges and I think that the scoreline was a bit flattering to them, to be honest.
“All of the lads, from one to seventeen, played really well.”
Stock is forming part of a pack that, right now, is proving quite formidable, something he admits he is enjoying.
“It’s pretty good when you come off the back of a 140kg Samoan! Seriously, though, all the boys in the middle are really ripping in right now. I’m really happy and proud to be a part of this pack.”
York’s strong start to 2022 is in stark contrast to last year when the team struggled in the early part of the campaign, a start which ultimately, despite ending well, led to a disappointing ninth-placed finish.
Now playing with confidence and consistency, however, Stock said that the mood around the squad has changed.
“Everyone plays the game to win and I think a lot of the problems go away when you’re winning games. That’s what has happened this year and the group are really close.
“We’re enjoying this year so far.”
The positive run of form is certainly being well received by the Knights faithful, something the Milton Keynes native is pleased by.
“Even last year, when we weren’t going so well, the fans were right behind us and it’s only fair that we’re getting the results now to repay the faith that they continue to show in us.”
Our match against Newcastle was also a special occasion for the club with hooker Will Jubb making his hundredth appearance. A person Stock has known for many years, Stock revealed his pride at seeing our number nine reach the milestone.
“I’ve known Jubby for a while through England Students so I spent a lot of time with him on tour and now here at York.
“He’s obviously passed a hundred now and he’s probably got a few more hundred left in him!
“He’s a great player, a great bloke, and really sets the tone down here at the training ground.”
Tickets are available for the Knights’ home match against Whitehaven on Sunday at the LNER Community Stadium. Supporters can get theirs from the York SMC Ticket Office, priced at £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and FREE for under-16s. You can purchase them HERE.