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York Knights v Batley Bulldogs - Match Preview

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York Knights continue their bid for a spot in the Betfred Championship Play-Offs as they face fellow top six rival Batley Bulldogs at the LNER Community Stadium tonight.

York stand ninth in the table with two rounds remaining, just two points behind sixth-placed Batley, who occupy the final Play-Off place.

The Knights return to the LNER Community Stadium on the back of a pivotal 20-10 win away to Bradford Bulls, who sit fifth, at Odsal.

The victory was York's eighth in their last nine league matches, with only Featherstone Rovers and London Broncos managing more points than the Knights during the last 10 rounds of the Betfred Championship.

By contrast, the visiting Batley arrive in North Yorkshire, with just one win to their name in their previous seven outings, that coming last weekend against Whitehaven (25-12) at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium, thanks to James Meadows and Dale Morton braces.

Those two points put Batley's Play-Off bid back on track and slipping down the ladder amid five straight league defeats and the Bulldogs will know that a win at the LNER Community Stadium could prove vital to their top six hopes.

While York may be the form side, Craig Lingard's men have twice had the beating of the Knights in 2023.

Andrew Henderson's side suffered a narrow 14-8 defeat in the reverse fixture at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium back in June in a tightly-fought affair that was only settled by Morton's penultimate-minute try.

The Bulldogs were far more convincing winners in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Semi-Finals at the LNER Community Stadium the following month.

Josh Hodson, Adam Gledhill and Alastair Leak tries saw Batley go 20-0 up after 50 minutes and although AJ Towse and Liam Harris struck back, the Bulldogs proved too strong.

Both clubs will be desperate to earn a Play-Offs finish, with Batley having the added incentive of finishing on a high for Head Coach Lingard, who is departing for Castleford Tigers in the off-season.

Having placed in the top six during the last two seasons, the Bulldogs are seeking a third straight qualification for the Play-Offs.

York will be hoping to deny Batley's boss a fairytale ending and ensure back-to-back Betfred Championship Play-Offs finishes for the first time since the Club's reformation in 2002.

York Knights continue their bid for a finish in the Betfred Championship Play-Offs when they face Batley Bulldogs at the LNER Community Stadium on Monday night (7.45pm), with a special performance from Skylights beginning the evening (6.45pm).

General Admission tickets are priced at £20 for Adults and £15 for Concessions and FREE for Under-16s. To purchase your General Admission ticket, please click HERE.

Alternatively, you can head to the Ticket Office (next door to the Club Shop) or call 01904 942232.

Turnstiles to the LNER Community Stadium will open from 6.15pm.

Premier Club tickets are also available from £30 for Adults, £25 for Concessions and £10 for Under-16s.

To purchase your Premier Club tickets, head to the Club Shop (Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm) or call 01904 670880.


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