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York Knights v Newcastle Thunder - Match Preview

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York Knights resume their Betfred Challenge Cup campaign against Newcastle Thunder at the Fifth Round stage on Friday night (7.30pm), knowing the huge prizes at stake should they triumph.

A victory for York would leave them just one victory away from a return to Wembley Stadium in the Final of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup while also potentially setting up a Sixth Round tie against a Betfred Super League giant in the Betfred Challenge Cup.

The Knights cannot however afford to overlook this evening's opponent's Newcastle.

The Thunder have endured a tough start to life in the Betfred Championship, cutting finding themselves bottom of the division, having not won since a 18-6 win at Swinton Lions on the opening weekend.

Seven defeats and one draw have followed since for the North East club, their sole point since February being an 18-18 draw at fellow bottom two side Barrow Raiders.

Newcastle have at least found some respite in the Betfred Challenge Cup, beating two community clubs and progressing to the Fifth Round thanks to a 58-16 thrashing of Stanningley and a 22-12 win at Rochdale Mayfield.

Ex-Knights man Chris Thorman heads to York for the first time since his appointment as Head Coach at Newcastle.

Thorman racked up having made 61 appearances between 2010 and 2012 - scoring 14 tries, 100 goals and four drop-goals - for the Knights.

The half-back was a key part of the York side which earned promotion through the Championship One Play-Offs in 2010 and secured their Championship status in the two following seasons.

Thorman’s men tonight take on a Knights side that will be seeking to build on past wins over West Bowling (52-12) and Sheffield Eagles (24-22) in the Betfred Challenge Cup.

York Head Coach Andrew Henderson is hopeful of being able to recall full-back Matty Marsh and half-back Liam Harris after missing last week’s 16-6 defeat at Halifax Panthers through injury.

Utility James Cunningham and back-rower Chris Clarkson are set to make their first home appearances since February and March respectively having come through the trip to The Shay unscathed.

York Knights resume their Betfred Challenge Cup campaign at the Fifth Round stage against Newcastle Thunder at the LNER Community Stadium on Friday night (7.30pm). General admission tickets are priced at just £10 for Adults, £7 for Concessions and FREE for Under-16s.

General admission tickets can be purchased HERE. For hospitality tickets, please email


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