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York Knights v Sheffield Eagles - Match Preview

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York Knights will be hoping for a case of third time lucky when they take on Sheffield Eagles for the third time in 2024 this Sunday at the LNER Community Stadium (3pm).


Sheffield have twice come away from North Yorkshire victorious this year, with York seeking to avenge those cup defeats with a triumph in the Betfred Championship.


In a hotly-contested affair that saw five cards shown - including the sending off of Will Dagger - the Eagles finished as 32-16 winners in Round Four of the Betfred Challenge Cup back in late February.


Scores from Matty Marsh, Matty Dawson-Jones and Joel Farrell had the visitors 16-12 up at half-time, as the Knights found the whitewash through Brenden Santi and Jimmy Keinhorst.


Further efforts from Eddie Battye, Ben Jones-Bishop and Anthony Thackeray increased the Sheffield advantage in the second half, with Jesse Dee registering the hosts’ only points of the second period.


The two sides met again at the LNER Community Stadium back in May for a place at Wembley Stadium in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Semi-Finals.


Sheffield once again found themselves 16-12 to the good going into the break with Dawson-Jones, James Glover and Marsh all going over inside the first quarter of an hour before Charlie Severs and Tom Lineham hit back for York.


Marsh and Teanby exchanged converted tries after the restart but Cory Aston’s three penalty goals ensured a 28-18 win for Mark Aston’s men and booked a return to the national stadium.


The Eagles would go on to suffer a 50-6 defeat in the final to current Betfred Championship leaders Wakefield Trinity, although, like York, they have won back-to-back league matches since.


A 77th-minute try from Kris Welham saw Sheffield snatch an 18-16 win over Featherstone Rovers a week after the Wembley disappointment before a second Play-Off rival was beaten last time in the form of Widnes Vikings.


Having trailed 17-6, Sheffield hit four second-half tries through Connor Bower, Glover, Vila Halafihi and Welham (his second of the game after a first-half score) to steal a 30-21 comeback victory.


York also find themselves in strong form however, after their biggest win of the year at Dewsbury Rams (0-40) and a first league win at Featherstone (24-34) since 1957 in their last two matches under the stewardship of new Head Coach Mark Applegarth, setting up a thriller of a contest this weekend.

York Knights return to the LNER Community Stadium to take on Sheffield Eagles in the Betfred Championship on Sunday (3pm)!

General Admission tickets are priced at £20 for Adults, £15 for Concessions (17-to-21-year-olds and over-65s) and FREE for Under-16s! To purchase your tickets online, click HERE!

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