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Whitehaven v York Knights - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking to leapfrog Whitehaven in the Betfred Championship by taking two points from their trip to the LEL Arena on Wednesday night (7.30pm).

York currently sit 12th in the Betfred Championship table, having taken 10 points from their 15 league matches to date.

The Knights could however climb as high as ninth in the division, overtaking Barrow Raiders (11th), Whitehaven (10th) and Keighley Cougars (ninth) should they come out on top in Cumbria.

Andrew Henderson's side will be hoping to overturn a four-match losing run in the Betfred Championship following defeats to the three of the division's top four in Featherstone Rovers (46-16 and 8-24), Batley Bulldogs (14-8) and Sheffield Eagles (40-10).

Whitehaven meanwhile have won two of their last three outings in the Betfred Championship, upsetting third-placed Sheffield 40-26 at the Olympic Legacy Park, thanks to 24 points from full-back Josh Rourke.

Haven followed that up by triumphing 36-12 at home to another top-half outfit, Widnes Vikings, with centre Chris Taylor crossing for two tries at the LEL Arena.

The Marras were denied a three-match winning streak in Sunday's trip to Cougar Park as Keighley Cougars came out on top 28-18 in West Yorkshire.

York head to Whitehaven hoping to avenge March's narrow 14-12 defeat to Cumbrians at the LNER Community Stadium.

A Daniel Spencer-Tonks double and a solitary Sam Freeman conversion put Whitehaven 10-0 up inside the opening quarter of an hour.

Matty Marsh and AJ Towse struck back with two quick-fire tries before half-time, both converted by James Glover, to give York a 12-10 lead at the break.

But Whitehaven came away with the spoils as Curtis Teare scored the second half's only try to earn the visitors the two points.

The Knights will be eager to enjoy a similarly as dominant 80 minutes as on their last trip to Whitehaven in June last year.

A double from AJ Towse as well as scores from Jordan Thompson, Jamie Ellis and Bailey Antrobus saw York rack up a 30-0 advantage at the interval.

Joe Brown and Brendan O'Hagan added further tries for the visitors, who finished as 40-16 winners.

York Knights continue their Betfred Championship campaign with a trip to Whitehaven on Wednesday evening (7.30pm). Tickets are only available on-the-gate and are priced at £20 for Adults, £15 for Concessions (Students and over-65s) and £5 for Juniors (Under-16s) or FREE with a paying Adult.


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