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 Gav Wilson

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Personally I believe we have the best kicker in the league in Simon Brown, so if our forwards can match yours and give him and Nicklas room to play then anything could happen...

Yep, and he was at our game against sheffield, was brown, watching, so he knows are weakness, and will try to exploit it

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oh dear.........maybe next time

Yeah, maybe. Still, at least we get to go home to York.

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im in leeds mate.......alwoodley

Is that what you said when you lost at whitehaven lol :D

Yep, being saying it every away game since June 2011.

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Love to know what averages are of batley winning home ties with that slope would it be the same on a flat pitch

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On batley site they think it will be a walkover . Saying that GT tactics are 5 drives and a kick . Ha ha they are in for a surprise !!!!!!

Ha, ha.

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Love to know what averages are of batley winning home ties with that slope would it be the same on a flat pitch

Same for both sides in fairness JK. Up until 2/3 years ago we seemed to strangely play better going uphill.

Was a little anxious before today's game, but and not looking to cause an arguement, expected more from York. Although at the same time we played very well for the majority of the game. Your forwards didnt seem to really run hard and we completely dominated the collision, which gave the halves and backs the freeedom to dictate the game. There was also a visible difference in intensity in the two sides on defence too, which made a massive difference.

Your number 26 looks a pretty handy player though.

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oh dear.........maybe next time

Yes maybe without a certain ginger ######, without a doubt the worst refereeing display I have seen for a long long time. Worth going just to see GH offering the ref a bung.

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Hardly worth us turning up then :)

Very happy york didnt bother playing in the second half lol

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What I mean is playing on a sloped pitch every other week must be an advantage in batleys favour as every other club play on a flat pitch not taking away that you didn't play well because you did I'm talking run of the ball

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What I mean is playing on a sloped pitch every other week must be an advantage in batleys favour as every other club play on a flat pitch not taking away that you didn't play well because you did I'm talking run of the ball

It's called home advantage, every club gets used to playing on their own pitch and therefore should use it to their own benefit. It's a bit like your team know where all the pot holes are in your sand pit!

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What I mean is playing on a sloped pitch every other week must be an advantage in batleys favour as every other club play on a flat pitch not taking away that you didn't play well because you did I'm talking run of the ball

I can see your point, especially in relation to weighting kicks as you can practice regularly.It's only the last couple of years that we seem to have become a bit more adept at it though.

Dont forget Fev and Dewsbury has a slope too, although ours is probably the most pronounced. I suppose you just get used to playing your own pitch though. We always seem to struggle at the more narrow ones like Dewsbury and York too, so I think there is definitely some merit to what you have said.

But with the greatest respect we would have won playing uphill both halves today. Your lads, although skillfull at times with the play didnt really seem 'up for it' from a physical aspect. In my opinion anyway. We seemed to win every collision and put your forwards down too easily.

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Stokes was very poor even for Stokes. 2nd half was decided by the first. Sh+t match, scoreline flatters Batley.

Enjoy your win.

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Home bound to spend some time with the family great effort from the boys today but cant beat 14 men joke.

Tom Carr on twitter so it seems it is just not some of the Knights fans who were not impressed about Stokes performance today.

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Stokes was very poor even for Stokes. 2nd half was decided by the first. Sh+t match, scoreline flatters Batley.

Enjoy your win.

You would say that, you lost!

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You would say that, you lost!

And we had tries disallowed too

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Stokes was very poor even for Stokes. 2nd half was decided by the first. Sh+t match, scoreline flatters Batley.

Enjoy your win.

Stokes is dreadul all round. I still remember the performance he put in at your place in 2011. Although I'm not suggesting that was the reason you won.

In the second half the scoreline actually flattered York. With a little more composure and clinicalness we could have had sixty. We broke your line at will, and apart from a couple of penalties you never looked like getting out of your half. My mate who came along today and who is neutral made the comment that York had given up and didnt look interested after 50 or so minutes.

Up until 30 mins was actually quite impressed with your defence as we had a hell of alot of possession and territory that you did really well to withstand.

Only my opinion but your backs look very handy. However your forwards on today's basis anyway look lightweight and not physical enough, either in attack or defence.

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I can see your point, especially in relation to weighting kicks as you can practice regularly.It's only the last couple of years that we seem to have become a bit more adept at it though.

Dont forget Fev and Dewsbury has a slope too, although ours is probably the most pronounced. I suppose you just get used to playing your own pitch though. We always seem to struggle at the more narrow ones like Dewsbury and York too, so I think there is definitely some merit to what you have said.

But with the greatest respect we would have won playing uphill both halves today. Your lads, although skillfull at times with the play didnt really seem 'up for it' from a physical aspect. In my opinion anyway. We seemed to win every collision and put your forwards down too easily.

that is my point Nick

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Stokes was very poor even for Stokes. 2nd half was decided by the first. Sh+t match, scoreline flatters Batley.

Enjoy your win.

Oh dear me. Have closer look at the game. Not the refs fault that result I'm afraid and I'm a big critic of them myslef. Lack of desire in second half and indiscipline at nearly every play of the ball. You backs looked ok and there were some good breaks which we just about dealt with. Forwards looked a concern though as Nick07 has mentioned. We looked stronger, quicker, I would say more intelligent but we had some crazy offloads today. Coul have been 60. Sorry to AH but that had nothing to do with Stokes.

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I seem to remember back in the 70's Yorks ground had a fair old slope on it.My memory is not what it used to be ,but was it called Clarence Street ???.

Just asking.

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We did give up, you're right. But we might as well. Batley had all possesion in the first half, everytime york got the ball, stokes blew his whistle. When it looked like we might go ahead, he binned Brown and ignored the 'forrad' passes to let Batley go in 18 4 up. What's the point after that?

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I seem to remember back in the 70's Yorks ground had a fair old slope on it.My memory is not what it used to be ,but was it called Clarence Street ???.

Just asking.

Clarence St, was very flat, you must be thinking of Fax's old ground.

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We did give up, you're right. But we might as well. Batley had all possesion in the first half, everytime york got the ball, stokes blew his whistle. When it looked like we might go ahead, he binned Brown and ignored the 'forrad' passes to let Batley go in 18 4 up. What's the point after that?

Not saying the ref helped you, but you can't just give up before your not having the rub of the green Andy! That's life, you've got to get on with it. You were 18-4 down at halftime, not 40-4!

The first 2 tries were length of the field jobs and had nothing to do with the ref, and the third came off the back off 3 Batley penalties, 2 for 'gobbing off'. Whether you agree with the original decision or not, conceding another 40 metres (with the kick included) is simply inexcusable.

The key today was that we dominated both possession and the collision. Even though I thought York did well for the first half hour we restricted you to about 3 sets in our 20 down the slope, which is always going to be crucial.

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First viewing of our new "team", what a big disappointment. 30 minutes of a match followed by 50 mins of dross. Our defence at times was woeful.

Listened to Thorntons excuses on way home, some of them valid like one or two missed forward passes leading to tries and some walking wounded in the last quarter. But he admitted that lessons spoken about in training were not heeded, such as allowing Greenwood, Johnson etc to run the ball back through half of our side thus continuously setting the dogs up for more attacks. Much work needed in defence/spotting.

Enjoyed the day out and catching up with a few people, didn't expect a win or even a bonus point but hoped we would compete a lot better than that. Its early days so plenty of time to pull things together.

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We did give up, you're right. But we might as well. Batley had all possesion in the first half, everytime york got the ball, stokes blew his whistle. When it looked like we might go ahead, he binned Brown and ignored the 'forrad' passes to let Batley go in 18 4 up. What's the point after that?

Steady on pal, you'll end up on @RLMeltdown with quotes like that...

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I think our best prop going off injured after about 20 minutes was one if the reasons we lacked any go forward. Fair play to Batley, they played better than us and had the rub of the green, although that 8-1 first half penalty count did us in and made it a lot easier for them to break us down in the second half. I'd like to see some of those Batley tries on video though, as in my opinion, two came off forward passes and another couple had the try scorer way offside at the kick. The ref was dreadful for both teams, just much more dreadful for York, he struggled to keep up with play which meant the team in the ascendancy (mostly Batley) got all the decisions.

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