London Skolars fell to their second successive National League Two defeat away at York City Knights on Easter Monday.
Despite both sides having early efforts ruled out it was York who were first to score with winger Lee Mapals crossing after seventeen minutes, with further first-half tries following from Dave Buckley, George Raynor and Rob Spicer, all converted by Lee Lingard. It was the stroke of halftime before Skolars winger Dene Miller finally crossed for his side’s first points, making the scores 24 – 4 at the break.
After the halftime interval it was York who again started the stronger of the two sides with a try from Dan Potter, but Skolars hit back with a try from Alan Barker converted by skipper Paul Thorman, followed by another try from Miller to close the scores to 28 – 14. Tabua Cakacaka settled the Knights nerves with the next try that was also converted by Lingard who was having an almost immaculate day with the boot, essentially ending the clash as a contest at 34 –18.
Former South London Storm flyer Corey Simms added a late try for Skolars, which was cancelled out shortly afterwards by Knights loose forward and man of the match Lee Esders, with the scores finishing at 40 – 18.
York: (24) 40
Tries: Mapals, Cakacaka, Potter, Spicer, Esders, Rayner, Buckley
Goals: Lingard 6
London Skolars: (4) 18
Barker, Miller 2, Barker, Simms