News on York v Hunslet

Date published: Friday, September 26, 2014

York City Knights coach Gary Thornton looks set to recall Ryan Backhouse for Ryan Mallinder, who suffered a broken finger in the 31-12 defeat by Oldham  last week.

Oldham are through to the Kingstone Press Championship One final at Headingley on Sunday, October 5 and await the outcome of this York v Hunslet major semi-final to see who they play in the final.

Thornton is calling for a major response from his players following their home defeat, and is confident they will bounce back.

He said: “We looked a bit rusty, and we got the kick up the backside we needed. It’s refocused everybody, and I’m expecting a massive reaction this week.

“The guys trained really well on Tuesday. There was no sulking or heads down, and I was very pleased with that.”

He added: “We’ve only had two games in five weeks, and I don’t think that’s helped us. We’d lost a bit of continuity and fluidity, so hopefully we can improve this week having played last week.”

Luke Harbottle could come into contention for Hunslet Hawks, having returned to the UK 10 days ago following a two-year stint in Australia.

Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “He’s a tough, no-nonsense player, and he’s been playing at a very good standard in Australia. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him if we need him.”

Eaton added: “We were pretty close to our best last week, but York have been up at the top of the table all year and everybody is capable of beating each other in this competition.”

Tickets for the big day out at Headingley will be on sale from Whitebank this (Friday) evening between 5pm and 7pm and again tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and noon.

Seats are available in the main North Stand and in the Carnegie Stand (behind the posts) and tickets for standing are available for the Carnegie Stand end.

Prices range from £17 standing and £20 for seats with concessionary tickets on offer at £10 for over-65s, under-16s and, with relevant ID, students and members of the Armed Forces.

Coach travel from Whitebank is also available at £10, payment please by cheque or cash.