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York Knights v Newcastle Thunder - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking a seventh straight victory over Newcastle Thunder when the two sides meet at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

The Knights have won all of their last six meetings with Newcastle since suffering a 28-26 defeat to Thunder in July 2021 at the LNER Community Stadium.

James Ford’s side responded in the September of that year by triumphing 29-16 at Kingston Park before securing the quadruple over the North East club in 2022.

A 43-13 thrashing was handed out by the Knights in the Betfred Challenge Cup before a similar convincing 38-6 victory in the Betfred Championship, both contests taking place at the LNER Community Stadium.

York battled to a 27-18 win in the Summer Bash at Headingley Stadium over Newcastle before edging a tight affair 24-18 at Kingston Park.

The sixth consecutive win over Thunder was sealed just last month as Andrew Henderson’s troops came from behind to prevail 22-18 in the Betfred Challenge Cup Fifth Round.

Joe Brown got York off to the perfect start before Newcastle rallied to lead 12-4 at half-time thanks to Marcus Walker and Jack Miller tries.

AJ Towse and Matty Marsh scores saw the Knights make the perfect start to the second period but Mac Walsh sent Newcastle in front once more.

Liam Harris’ try in the final dozen minutes however ensured York’s progress in the Betfred Challenge Cup.

Should the Knights extend their recent favourable run against Newcastle, they would secure a third straight victory in all competitions following their 30-28 league win over London Broncos and the aforementioned 22-18 cup victory against Newcastle.

Newcastle meanwhile will be seeking to begin their climb out of the relegation zone with two points this afternoon.

Currently bottom of the Betfred Championship, Thunder have not won a league match since beating Swinton Lions 18-6 on the opening day.

An 18-18 draw at Barrow Raiders was secured in March, the only further point accrued by Chris Thorman’s side since then, leaving them three points adrift of safety from the drop at present.

York Knights continue their Betfred Championship campaign on Sunday (3pm) against Newcastle Thunder at the LNER Community Stadium.

Tickets for the fixture are priced at £20 for Adults, £15 for Concessions (17-21-years-olds and over-65s) and FREE for Under-16s.

General admission tickets can be purchased online HERE. For Hospitality tickets, please email or call the Club Shop on 01904 670880 (Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm).


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