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York Knights v Sheffield Eagles - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking a third straight victory in the Betfred Championship when they host fourth-placed Sheffield Eagles on Sunday (3pm).

York have won back-to-back matches in the Betfred Championship over the last two weeks, beating Halifax Panthers 28-18 at the LNER Community Stadium and Keighley Cougars 50-10 at Cougar Park.

An Myles Harrison brace and scores from James Cunningham, Jesse Dee and AJ Towse inspired the victory over Halifax as the sixth-placed Panthers' three-match unbeaten run came to an end.

The Knights raised their game a level further at Keighley, recording their joint-biggest victory of 2023 and racking up 50 points for the first time this season in the league in a eight-try rout.

Dee bagged a first-half hat-trick, Brown finished with a double while Oli Field, Conor Fitzsimmons and Towse also crossed the whitewash.

Having overcome a top six side last time out at the LNER Community Stadium, the Knights will be hoping to do so again when they take on a Sheffield side currently sitting fourth in the Betfred Championship, just two points adrift of second-placed Batley Bulldogs and six points inside the Play-Off places.

The Eagles head to North Yorkshire on a mixed run of form, having won three and lost three in their last six contests.

A shock 40-26 defeat at home to Whitehaven was followed by a 40-10 victory over York at the Olympic Legacy Park.

Toulouse Olympique put Sheffield to the sword in a 48-10 loss in the South of France but the Eagles responded by easing past Newcastle Thunder 40-0.

Third-from-bottom Swinton Lions upset Mark Aston's side 30-22 at Heywood Road but the South Yorkshire club again bounced back from defeat, beating Barrow Raiders 36-18.

Alongside some middling form, Sheffield also travel to the LNER Community Stadium having lost on their last two trips to York.

The 12-man Knights, who saw Danny Kirmond sent off in the first half, prevailed 24-22 in the Betfred Challenge Cup Fourth Round in April.

A Kirmond brace and Harrison and Fitzsimmons scores had York 20-0 up at half-time.

With the man advantage, Sheffield scored 22 second-half points, with Kris Welham, Cory Aston, Jason Bass and Matty Chrimes scoring tries, but Towse's left-corner before the hour sealed the victory.

York also overcame the Eagles 20-12 in August in the last Betfred Championship meeting at the LNER Community Stadium between the two clubs.

Matty Marsh, Bailey Antrobus, Liam Harris and Glover were all on the scoresheet that night as the Knights sealed their place in the top six.

York Knights return to the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday as they face Sheffield Eagles in the Betfred Championship (3pm) as part of a double header which also sees York Valkyrie take on Leeds Rhinos in a repeat of last year's Betfred Women's Super League Grand Final (12pm). General admission Adult tickets are priced at £20, Concession tickets at £15 and Under-16s are FREE. General admission tickets can be purchased HERE. To book your Hospitality tickets, please email, visit the Club Shop (Opening Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday) or call 01904 670880.


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