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Kingstone Press League 1 Match Preview: York City Knights vs London Skolars

Date: Sunday 14th June

Kick-off: 3.00pm

Venue: Elm Park Way

Preview:

The on-going saga at York City Knights continues as this weekend they will host London Skolars at Elm Park Way for their Kingstone Press League 1 round 10 fixture.

It is the home of amateur side Heworth ARLFC and comes after their last two ‘home games’ being played at Featherstone Rovers’ Big Fellas Stadium.

The home of the Rovers has proved a happy hunting ground with wins in both fixtures, including an impressive 34-20 victory over the then league leaders Rochdale Hornets last weekend.

Coach James Ford dedicated the win to the players and the fans who have travelled to watch their side at unfamiliar home venues over recent weeks.

“I was pleased for the players and supporters, they’re continually doing it tough,” said Ford. “To knock off a team at the top of league was just rewards for all concerned.”

Next up is London Skolars and although they are expected to win this one easily, Ford is well aware of their threat and how having a complacent attitude could see his side being embarrassed.

“This week, against London Skolars, It will certainly be a more keenly-fought contest than last time we played them. London have an excellent coach in Jermaine Coleman, The patterns of play have vastly improved and you can see that his coaching has had an effect. I hope he continues to improve London and strengthen the game down there.

“We need to build some consistency and build on last week’s result against Rochdale and ensure that we perform to our standards. If we don’t and turn up and are a little bit off then, as we’ve seen before in this competition, these teams can knock you off so we need to be right on the money on Sunday.”

Skolars go into this one off the back of their sixth straight loss, as they were well beaten 46-20 at home to Coventry Bears in round nine.

They have come close against North Wales Crusaders and Oxford in recent weeks so coach Jermaine Coleman will be hoping they can bring that losing run to an end this Sunday.

With their only win this season coming against the only side below them in the table, South Wales Scorpions, many will be expecting an easy ride for the home side in this one. If York have the same attitude it could work in London’s favour though, and we could see an upset.

Prediction: York City Knights to win by 24 points.

 

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