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York Knights v Widnes Vikings - Match Preview


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

 

York kickstarted their 2024 campaign with successive wins over Halifax Panthers (40-18) and Swinton Lions (22-30) last month.

 

A double from interchange Josh Daley alongside scores from AJ Towse, Ukuma Ta’ai, Davy Litten, Joe Brown and Jimmy Keinhorst inspired the convincing victory over Halifax.

 

The Knights then produced a comeback that will live long in supporters’ memory last weekend as they rallied from 22-0 behind with 12 minutes remaining to beat Swinton at Heywood Road.

 

Andrew Henderson’s side will be fully aware of the step up in the challenge posed by in-form, who have lost just two of their first nine league matches this year, positioning themselves inside the top three.

 

Widnes placed ninth in the Betfred Championship last season – their lowest standing since 1998, excluding the 11th-placed finish in 2019 amid a 12-point deduction for going into administration.

 

During the off-season, the Vikings appointed Swinton Lions chief Allan Coleman as the side’s new head coach, with forwards Rhodri Lloyd and Nick Gregson and winger Mike Butt following their boss to the DCBL Stadium.

 

The arrivals of Sam Brooks, Danny Langtree (both Barrow Raiders), Martin Reilly (Batley), Liam Kirk (Sheffield Eagles), Lloyd Roby (Keighley Cougars) saw Coleman overhaul the Widnes squad with recognised second-division experience ahead of his maiden campaign at the helm.

 

Widnes went on a four-match winning streak to open their league campaign, with a 44-8 opening day victory over Barrow Raiders proving the highlight.

 

Featherstone Rovers inflicted a first Betfred Championship defeat to Widnes at the Millennium Stadium (32-24) before the Vikings recovered to edge past Bradford Bulls (13-14) and Doncaster (16-14).

 

A 28-28 draw with Whitehaven and a 28-20 defeat at Toulouse Olympique have left Widnes third in the league standing ahead of this weekend’s trip to North Yorkshire.


York RLFC are delighted to be hosting a triple header at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday, with York Valkyrie facing Warrington Wolves (12pm), York Knights taking on Widnes Vikings (3pm) and OSCAR's All Stars meeting the Rugby League All Stars (5pm)!


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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