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York Knights v Swinton Lions - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking an eighth consecutive victory over Swinton Lions when the two sides meet at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

York boast a dominant record against Swinton, having won all of their last seven contests between the two sides since the Lions' dramatic 18-17 extra-time victory in the Betfred League One Play-Off Semi-Finals.

A Judah Mazive double inspired the Knights to a 26-12 victory over Swinton in the Betfred Challenge Cup in 2018 before James Ford’s side completed the double over the Lions upon their return to the Betfred Championship in 2019.

Matty Marsh scored twice in the 30-20 triumph at Bootham Crescent before Sam Scott, Marcus Stock, Graeme Horne and Liam Salter tries saw the visitors breeze to a 26-12 win on the road two months later.

The Knights finished 2021 with three victories against Swinton to their name, the first being the most convincing of those.

Continuing his scoring streak against the Manchester club, Marsh managed four tries in a 64-16 rout at Heywood Road in the Betfred Championship.

The reverse league fixture ended in a 46-10 success at the LNER Community Stadium, with Marsh and Kieran Dixon both notching two four-pointers each.

Sandwiched between those league victories was a 36-22 win in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Semi-Finals, sealing the Club’s first trip to Wembley Stadium in 90 years.

The tries were shared between Salter, Ryan Atkins, Danny Kirmond, Mikey Lewis, Kriss Brining and Stock.

Back in March, Andrew Henderson’s Knights picked up their first away win of the season at Heywood Road, coming out on top via a 40-0 scoreline.

Outside backs Joe Brown, AJ Towse, Myles Harrison crossed the whitewash alongside interchange Josh Daley.

While the Knights have an outside chance of making a late charge to the Play-Offs, Swinton are seeking to avoid an immediate return to Betfred League One.

With four games to go, the Lions sit second-from-bottom on 14 points, only separated from safety by an inferior points difference to Keighley Cougars.

Trailing 11th-placed Barrow Raiders and 10th-placed Whitehaven by just one and two points respectively shows that hope is certainly far from lost for a Swinton side that have beaten Keighley twice (18-10 and 28-32), Sheffield Eagles (30-22) and Widnes Vikings (18-25) in their last 11 matches.

York Knights return to the LNER Community Stadium to face Swinton Lions on Sunday 3rd September!

Heworth Masters and Rugby League All Stars meet in a curtain-raiser from 12pm, with the likes of Graham Steadman, Adrian Morley and Danny Brough representing the All Stars. Entry to the ground is open from 11.30am.

General Admission Adult tickets are priced at £20, Concession tickets at £15 and Under-16s are FREE. General admission tickets can be purchased online HERE. Alternatively, General Admission tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Office (next door to the Club Shop) or by calling 01904 942232. Hospitality Dining tickets and Premier Club tickets are still available for this fixture. To purchase your Hospitality Dining tickets, click HERE. Alternatively, you can visit the Club Shop (Opening Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday) or call 01904 670880. To book your Premier Club tickets, please email, visit the Club Shop (Opening Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday) or call 01904 670880. #RiseUp | #WeAreYork


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