Knights Blunted Despite Second Half Comeback

Planning for the weekend’s excursion began midweek with an email to Doncaster Knights, asking about accreditation for their away cup encounter with Yorkshire Carnegie. I was surprised to learn that this was going ahead, but not in Leeds. The fixture was actually taking place at the home of Hull Ionians, being part of a double header involving Ionians themselves and Otley.

Cameron Cowell on a rare turbo-charged run

Although the village of Elloughton, where Ionians play, is a good deal further than Leeds, it’s only an hour or so along the M62 motorway, and the prospect of seeing two matches in an afternoon was just too good to miss. Another fateful twist in this scenario was that it had only been a week ago that I’d watched a resurgent Otley playing at home so I was relishing the opportunity to see them again so soon. They were really up against it this time though; away from home against an Ionians side riding high at the top of the league. More of that later, in my next post.  I’ve enough pictures to show you from the Knights game and I’d prefer to give them both equal billing, so to speak.

Joe Sproston - collision ahead!

This being the cup, both Carnegie and the Knights were taking the opportunity to select a number of younger Academy players. However, there were enough regulars to show that each club was taking the fixture seriously. 

Curtis Wilson dances daintily over a Carnegie player - my one big regret of the game was missing his spectacular second half try

James Malcom - fends off at speed

You can read an in-depth summary of the game here . In short, Carnegie began well and had the better of much of the first half; a strong lead had built up before the Knights began to make something of a recovery.

A hard won try for Knights newcomer Rory Pitman

They never quite reached a score which put the ‘home’ side under any sort of pressure and the final score of 33-20 is a reasonable reflection of the whole game. Well done to Carnegie, deserved victors on the day.  

The crowd looks into the setting sun as Dougie Flockhart attempts the conversion following a last minute Knights try.

From a photographic point of view it’s always frustrating when the team you’re covering spends much of its time defending at the other end of the pitch (more on that theme in the next post). At least there was a second half recovery though and in the end I was quite satisfied with my haul of pictures. You can see a few more from the game over on Flickr

He’d have preferred a win but we should still celebrate Matt Clark’s great achievement: a century of appearances for the Knights.