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York Knights v Wakefield Trinity - Match Preview



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York Knights continue their bid for a first Betfred Championship victory in 2024 when they host early league leaders Wakefield Trinity at the LNER Community Stadium (3pm) on Sunday.


York have suffered defeats in each of their first league contests thus far, losing 36-20 to last year’s Betfred League One champions Doncaster RLFC before being narrowly edged out against Toulouse Olympique (14-20) and Barrow Raiders (15-14).


The Knights will be desperate to kick-start their Betfred Championship this weekend with two points, but face a tough assignment against the division favourites.


Wakefield were relegated from Betfred Super League last year after recording just four victories from 27 outings, finishing four points adrift of second-from-bottom Castleford Tigers.


Trinity have rebuilt over the off-season under the ownership of new Chairman Matt Ellis, who took over in September.


Daryl Powell, who led Castleford to a first League Leaders’ Shield in 2017, was appointed as Head Coach and moved quickly to sign established top-flight talent such as ex-England winger Jermaine McGillvary, 2023 Betfred Super League champion Iain Thornley and Hull FC back-rower Josh Griffin.


Existing stars such as Luke Gale, Mason Lino and Jay Pitts have all been retained by the DIY Kitchens Stadium club, who have been tipped by many to win the Betfred Championship title this year.


Wakefield boast a 100 per cent record so far in the Betfred Championship, recording victories over last year’s top five sides Bradford Bulls (42-12) and Featherstone Rovers (20-12) as well as over 2023 Betfred League One winners Doncaster (6-42).


Trinity have also reached the Semi-Finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, toppling the Knights 40-4 when the sides met at the LNER Community Stadium in February before recording victories over Newcastle Thunder (110-0) and Barrow Raiders (30-12).


Powell’s side have though tasted defeat to fellow second-tier opposition this year in the Betfred Challenge Cup.


Featherstone knocked their local rivals out of the competition thanks to a 14-10 golden-point victory, with Gareth Gale scoring the match-winning try after 84 minutes in a thriller at the Millennium Stadium.


To purchase your tickets for Sunday’s double header as York Valkyrie face Featherstone Rovers (12pm) and York Knights take on Wakefield Trinity (3pm), please click HERE.


Alternatively, you can call 01904 950950 or head to the York SMC Ticket Office (click HERE for opening times).


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