By – Sour
Saturday 6 November should see York University make the trip to Broadway West for the first time, despite being in the same league as the Knights for two full seasons.
The combination of weather and exams have so far conspired to keep these teams from meeting in Newcastle, and with Bonfire night on Friday – there’s every chance the weather will rear its soggy head once more.
As one of the pair of Newcastle’s away trips that clock in under 200 miles for the round trip (the other being Leeds) this game can almost be seen as a derby for men in Silver and Black, but as it’s only happened once, there’s none of the needle that makes a derby game truly a joy to be part of. If you’re on the winning side that is.
The only time these sides have met in the league the Tynesiders had one of those games where they couldn’t string two passes together, shoot on target or play defence, and unsurprisingly came away with an L that ended their promotion hopes for the 08-09 season.
York have traditionally been slow starters, mainly due to their late starting terms and a player turn-over rate that even the Knights can’t compete with. This season has again seen them stumble out of the blocks somewhat. They had to concede to Hull first game of the season as they couldn’t raise a team, got stuffed by Liverpool then rocked Leeds with a 7-6 victory at Adel. They then lost a 37 goal thriller 23-14 at Oldham, and then last weekend doubled up on Chester 10-5 at home.
The Knights have had a similarly variable start with a concession from Chester, a win over Hull a losses to Leeds and Liverpool. But the improvement between the Leeds and Liverpool games hasn’t gone unnoticed by one of the Knights new recruits defender Steve Warwick.
“The difference in the way we played and the team defence especially between the Leeds game and last weekend was huge. I’ve looked back at last week’s game and I don't think Liverpool scored one proper team goal where we were beaten all ends up. Most of their goals came from shots off a dodge. Obviously that is something we need to work on, but the number of times we snuffed out opportunities by strong back-up play and quick rotation shows that we’re getting on the same page now and that we’re all buying into the scheme.”
Defending the dodge could be a huge factor on Saturday for the Knights as York are reportedly hard dodging and are very well coached by Yorkshire Coach Jim Lenke.
What do the sides results to dates tell us about this weekend’s game? Frankly I’ve no idea, other than that anything can and probably will happen. So get yourselves down to Broadway West for the 1400 face-off and give the boys your support.
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