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York Knights v Whitehaven RLFC - Match Preview

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York Knights will be seeking to leapfrog Whitehaven in the Betfred Championship table when the two sides meet at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

York have endured a difficult start to the 2024 Betfred Championship, winning just one of their opening six matches, a 25-14 home victory over rivals Bradford Bulls at the LNER Community Stadium last month.

The gap between the Knights and the Play-Offs stands at just four points however and with back-to-back home league matches next up, Andrew Henderson’s side will be desperate to reassert their top six ambitions.

The first of those home outings sees Whitehaven make the trip to North Yorkshire following two wins from their opening half-a-dozen league matches.

Whitehaven opened their Betfred Championship campaign with a couple of narrow home wins at the LEL Arena.

Haven came from 14-6 down to beat Swinton Lions 18-16 in round one before an even tighter win against Cumbrian rivals Barrow Raiders, recovering a 22-12 deficit to prevail 23-22 courtesy of a Jake Carter drop-goal.

Four straight defeats have since followed for Jonty Gorley’s squad however.

Losses to Sheffield Eagles (16-42), Batley Bulldogs (12-25), Toulouse Olympique (40-4) and Featherstone Rovers (24-28) have left Whitehaven on four points from six matches, two more than 13th-placed York.

Alongside the motivation of moving out of the bottom two, the Knights will be aiming to avenge the league double they suffered to Whitehaven in 2023.

The Marras edged past York 14-12 at the LNER Community Stadium as a late Curtis Teare score proved the difference, the winger scoring the only points of the second half after the hosts led 12-10 at the break.

York’s away trip to the LEL Arena in June also ended in an agonising narrow defeat by a 26-24 scoreline.

AJ Towse and Danny Kirmond tries put York 10-0 up before Ryan King, Dion Aiye and Josh Rourke sent Whitehaven 16-10 ahead at half-time.

The sides exchanged tries through Brenden Santi and Teare and then Towse and Oscar Doran, leaving the Knights six behind with as many minutes left.

Oli Pratt found a late fifth try for York but Myles Harrison’s missed conversion from the touchline meant the visitors were unable to salvage a point.

Tickets for York Knights' clash with Whitehaven in the Betfred Championship at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday (3pm) are priced at £20 for Adults, £15 for Concessions and FREE for Under-16s. Tickets are available to purchase online HERE.

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