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Knights 26 – 24 Ironmen

YORK CITY KNIGHTS 26
SOUTH WALES IRONMEN 24

STEVE KILMARTIN
Bootham Crescent, Sunday

THE Ironmen from South Wales rocked the City Knights to the core with a try on the cusp of half-time and a second-half performance that threatened to provide a shock victory.
Although York, with former Halifax prop Adam Robinson immense, pulled through, coach James Ford said: “Some of the players need to know the level they are at and then we can go forward, because what they are churning out at the minute is not good enough.”
By contrast, Ironmen’s coach Phil Carleton’s thoughts were tinged with regret. “It is tough to swallow and I feel for the boys,” he said, “but York did what they had to do in the first half. They got just far enough ahead, scoring early in the second half and it was a huge hill for us to climb. The frustrating thing is that I know these guys are good enough to win these games. But we aren’t good enough to switch off for spells. We have to be on it all the time and for 35 minutes of the second half we were.”
With bright sunny conditions heralding the dawn of spring, it was Knights winger David Foggin-Johnston who quickly ran in two tries, with Harry Tyson-Wilson involved in both – his immaculate cut-out pass seeing the winger run in opposed after only three minutes and then releasing Joe Batchelor, with his offload seeing Foggin-Johnston touch down again.
The Ironmen finally put together an extended stay in the York 40 metres, with Andy Gay demonstrating quick feet to score and earn a slight respite.
But Paul Emanuelli’s kicking game was poor all afternoon and territory proved to be at a premium for South Wales.
York prop Robinson’s barn-storming 25-metre run created their next try as Tommy Brierley supported to touch down before Andy Ellis, the former Hull KR, Harlequins and Wakefield star, who had come out of retirement to sign for the Knights this week, drifted through a bemused defence to touchdown.
With York leading by 16 points the game appeared over for the Ironmen but a try on the cusp of the half-time hooter by man-mountain Chris Davies provided a chink of light.
York appeared to have snuffed this out as Harry Tyson-Wilson latched onto two fumbles by the Ironmen’s defence to touch a loose ball down within 58 seconds of the resumption. His conversion provided the winning margin.
Did York switch off or South Wales finally play to their potential is a question both coaches will no doubt agree to disagree on but thereafter it was South Wales in the driving seat.
Gay added his second try after makeshift fullback Brierley failed to collect a bomb, Christiaan Roets benefitted from desperate passing close to the York line and finally Lewis Reece took advantage of sloppy passing, with Emanuelli’s conversion reducing the deficit to only two points.
But despite having a further 20 minutes to put the game to bed the Ironmen couldn’t add to their score and York survived an almighty scare.

GAMEBREAKER: Harry Tyson-Wilson’s try and conversion 58 seconds into the second half proved absolutely invaluable for the Knights.

GAMESTAR: Adam Robinson – what you see is what you get and the big prop’s go forward was truly inspirational.

CITY KNIGHTS
1 Ash Robson
4 Tommy Brierley
3 Nev Morrison
11 Joe Batchelor
2 David Foggin-Johnston
6 Danny Sowerby
7 Harry Tyson-Wilson
16 Ronan Dixon
26 Andy Ellis
20 Adam Robinson
12 Ed Smith
17 Brad Hey
13 Tim Spears
Subs (all used)
14 Harry Carter
29 George Milton
25 Joe Porter
8 Bobby Tyson-Wilson

Tries: Foggin-Johnston (3, 10) Brierley (16), Ellis (27), H Tyson-Wilson (41)
Goals: H Tyson-Wilson 3/5

IRONMEN
6 Andrew Gay
2 Yannic Parker
3 Paul Edwards
12 Lewis Reece
1 Jamie Stringer
15 Shaun Owens
5 Paul Emanuelli
18 Morgan Evans
14 Kristian Baller
13 Chris Vitalini
11 Richard Jones
4 Christiaan Roets
16 Ashley Bateman
Subs (all used)
10 Izaak Duffy
8 Chris Davies
19 Jamie I’Anson
17 Zak Williams

Tries: Gay (13, 46), Davies (40), Roets (51), Reece (60)
Goals: Emanuelli 2/5

Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match
York: Adam Robinson
Ironmen: Andy Gay

Penalty count: 10:4

Half-time: 20-10
Referee: Liam Staveley

Attendance: Not announced

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 8-0, 8-4, 14-4, 20-4, 20-10, 26-10, 26-14, 26-18, 26-24.

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