York City Knights Preview

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11th April 2019

Widnes Vikings return to the Halton Stadium on Saturday evening, as they welcome York City Knights in the fifth round of the Coral Challenge Cup (kick-off 7:30pm).

After three straight away fixtures, the Vikings will be back in front of their home supporters as they aim to respond to last week’s defeat.

As Widnes aim to progress to the next round, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big game…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill has made just one change to the 19-man squad from last week, as Sam Wilde returns in place of Harrison Hansen. Owen Buckley, Olly Ashall-Bott, Tom Gilmore and Dan Norman remain unavailable due to injury.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Keanan Brand, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Owen Farnworth, Sam Freeman, Anthony Gelling, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Jack Owens, Lloyd Roby, Dom Speakman, Brad Walker, Liam Walsh, Sam Wilde.

James Ford has made seven changes to the side that defeated Swinton last week, as Bradley Hay, Jack Blagbrough, Michael Kelly, Kevin Brown, David Peterson, Jordan Baldwinson and Lewis Heckford come into the 19. Matty Marsh, Liam Salter, Ben Cockayne, Connor Robinson, Jack Teanby, Graeme Horne and Joe Batchelor all make way.

York City Knights 19-man squad: Bradley Hay, Ronan Dixon, Will Jubb, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Sam Scott, Tim Spears, Jack Blagbrough, Joe Porter, Michael Kelly, Perry Whiteley, Judah Mazive, Marcus Stock, Jason Bass, Kevin Brown, David Peterson, Kriss Brining, Jordan Baldwinson, Nick Rawsthorne, Lewis Heckford.

Form Guide

The Vikings saw their five-game winning run brought to an end at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium last week, as they were beaten 20-18 by Batley Bulldogs.

A Dave Scott penalty goal four minutes from time proved to be the difference, as Widnes missed an opportunity to move off the bottom of the Betfred Championship table.

Lloyd Roby scored twice in the defeat, with Jordan Johnstone also marking his 50th career appearance with a try.

York made it back-to-back victories when they battled past Swinton Lions last weekend, running out 30-20 winners.

Matty Marsh scored twice for the Knights, with Tim Spears, Sam Scott and Graeme Horne also on the scoresheet for the home side.

Last Time Out

Widnes and York last faced each other back in 2011 at the Huntington Stadium, with the Vikings coming away with a 22-18 victory.

Of the current Vikings squad, only MacGraff Leuluai featured on that day as he made a try scoring appearance, as Knights Head Coach James Ford started at fullback for the home side.

One to Watch

Jordan Baldwinson – York secured the services of the Wakefield Trinity forward on a one-month loan deal, and the 24-year-old has gone straight into the 19-man squad. He has plenty of Championship experience with Featherstone Rovers and will add size to the Knights pack.


North Stand Tickets are available from both the Club Office and the Club Shop.

South Stand Tickets are only available from the Club Office.

For full ticket information regarding our Coral Challenge Cup tie against York City Knights on Saturday evening, CLICK HERE.


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