18th February 2018, 17:00 | league1
York City Knights and Bradford Bulls kicked off the Betfred League 1 season in style, with a thrilling 20-22 away win played out in front of over 4,000 fans at Bootham Crescent.
The Bulls lead 16-8 after tries from Ashley Gibson, Elliot Minichella and Steve Crossley but Joe Batchelor’s first saw the hosts close to 16-12.
Joe Keyes’ penalty push Bradford back into a six-point lead but Batchleor bagged his second and Connor Robinson converted to make it 18-18 with 65 minutes played.
ATTENDANCE: It’s a record crowd of 4,281 inside Bootham Crescent today! Thank you all for your fantastic support! #WeAreYork150— York City Knights⚔️ (@YorkKnightsRLFC) February 18, 2018
Robinson then kicked a drop goal to put York a point ahead before Keyes kicked two from the tee to edge the Bulls a point back in front.
Another one-pointer from Robinson once again tied the scores up but Keyes’ mammoth penalty from the halfway line right on the hooter, sealed a pulsating win for John Kear’s Bradford.
There was another dramatic finish in Wrexham, as Jymel Coleman’s 79th minute penalty saw London Skolars rescue a point away at North Wales Crusaders.
Hakim Miloudi scored four tries whilst Jason Tali, Russ Spiers and Liam Harris all bagged two as Doncaster romped to a massive 70-10 win at home to Coventry Bears.
Some tense finishes this afternoon as the new Betfred League 1 season kicked-off! pic.twitter.com/LpU79Fz9Bj— Championship & League 1 (@RLChampionships) February 18, 2018
Five goals from Paul Crook and a try from Matthew Wilkinson saw recently-relegated Oldham secure a 14-0 win at Whitehaven.
Fellow Cumbrians Workington Town were also defeated as they went down to a 34-44 loss at Keighley Cougars whilst Hunslet recorded a 28-14 away win at Hemel Stags.
Newcastle Thunder's 700-mile round-trip to Llanelli to face West Wales Raiders was postponed.