Knotty problem for former pacesetters

Knottingley are now two points adrift of leaders Halifax Vandals and one point behind second-placed Goole.
Knottingley are now two points adrift of leaders Halifax Vandals and one point behind second-placed Goole.

Knottingley’s Yorkshire Division Three title hopes suffered another setback with Saturday’s 25-17 defeat at Aireborough.

After surprisingly losing at home to lowly Wensleydale the previous week, former leaders Knottingley slipped to third in the table when they were beaten by Aireborough.

They are now two points adrift of leaders Halifax Vandals and one point behind second-placed Goole who they host in a crucial match at Howard’s Field on Saturday, March 25.

Poor first-half discipline cost Knottingley dear last Saturday as Aireborough capitalised on the visitors’ mistakes to score two tries.

Knottingley cut the half-time gap to 15-5 when they spread the ball wide for Ryan Barnaby to score.

Knottingley showed a slight improvement in the second-half but were punished for more sloppy play when Aireborough scored again.

Knottingley then showed glimpses of their capabilities as they hauled themselves back into contention.

Referee’s man of the match Ryan Eades went over for a touchdown and Daron Walker grabbed his first try for the club but it was too little too late for the visitors.

Jimmy Brown and Brandon Tunningley-Smith both played well on their first-team debuts but generally it was another disappointing Knottingley performance for the most part, although they still managed to show glimpses of brilliance at times.