18th May 2019, 20:29 | summerbash
Featherstone Rovers finally broke their hoodoo at Blackpool winning their first-ever Summer Bash fixture in comfortable fashion against York City Knights.
The Knights – making their Summer Bash debut as a Championship outfit – only trailed 14-0 at half-time but a dominant second half performance from Ryan Carr’s consigned them to defeat.
It took 20 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was Dane Chisholm who pulled off a marvellous interception racing 90 metres to get the scoring underway. Two quickfire tries in the final three minutes of the first half from Conor Carey and a second from Chisholm gave Rovers control.
Ten minutes after the break and Carey would grab his second of the game finishing off a flowing Featherstone move. The scoring continued for Rovers as they notched three tries inside seven minutes.
Brad Day powered his way over the line before Alex Sutcliffe also got himself on the scoresheet. Josh Hardcastle would extend the lead even further after clever offloads from Cameron King, Chisholm and John Davies.
Tom Holmes would also grab himself a try with 14 minutes of the game remaining to pull Featherstone into a huge 40-0 lead.
York did manage to get themselves on the scoreboard, however. Matthew Marsh’s kick was planted down by Perry Whiteley before Joe Porter managed to go over beside the uprights.
Featherstone finished the game with 12 men as Scott Wheeldon was sent to the sin-bin but it didn’t sour a great afternoon for the Rovers.
Featherstone Rovers: Ashton Golding, Conor Carey, Alex Sutcliffe, Josh Hardcastle, Luke Briscoe; Dane Chisholm, Tom Holmes; Scott Wheeldon, Cameron King, Makahesi Makatoa, Brad Day, Josh Walters, James Lockwood.
Interchanges: John Davies, Luke Cooper, James Harrison, Jack Ormondroyd.
York City Knights: Liam Harris, Perry Whiteley, Liam Salter, Jason Bass, Kevin Brown; Matthew Marsh, Connor Robinson; Jack Teanby, William Jubb, Harry Aldous, Marcus Stock, Bradley Hey, Tim Spears.
Interchanges: Harry Carter, Joseph Porter, Jack Blagbrough, Tyler Dupree.
Referee: Ben Pearson.