Talbot; Elliott, Rogers, Minikin ( T16 ), Dent; Morland, P.Smith; Joynt ( T54 ), Lee ( T63 ), Aldous, Crane ( C17 C40 ), Mallinder, Patterson ( T39 )
Subs; L Hardcastle, MacDonald ( T59 ), Tomlinson, B Hardcastle ( C54 C59 C64 ), Pickerill, Pickles, Carter, Backhouse.
S.Lynch; Booth, Blades, Brown ( T35 ? ), Capper; Stamp, Puckering (C35 T77 C78 ); T.Lynch, Hough, Fewlass, Ruff ( T24 ), Payne ( T37 ), Barron.
Subs; Murray, Pocklington, Krebbs, Stoker, Condren, Jones, Hodgson
Ref Jamie Bloem.
Knights dominated first 20 minutes despite what looked like a serious injury to winger Ben Dent when he chased a kick through and collided with a steeplechase hurdle behind the dead ball line. Thunder then came back into it and scored three tries, two down York's defensive right including a cracker from Jason Payne. Lee Patterson replied on the break as Condren lost control of the ball to give the returning loose forward an easy touchdown.
After the break, with the introduction of the Hardcastle brothers, the Knights drew clear with tries from Jake Joynt, Jack Lee and Curtis MacDonald - the latter after a beautifully weighted and directed kick from Benn Hardcastle, Hardcastle converting all three.
Thunder managed a late riposte when the lively Carl Puckering intercepted a Patterson pass.
Matty Barron suffered an AC joint injury during the game for Thunder.
YCK 30 Gateshead Thunder 20
Knights MOM - Ry Mallinder ( officially given to Lee Patterson )
Thunder MOM - Carl Puckering