Loan Watch – Hall and Johnson make home debuts in Knights win

Picture courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

Last weekend saw Leeds loanee’s Corey Hall and Corey Johnson make their home debuts for York City Knights as James Ford’s side looked to boost their position in the Betfred Championship against Swinton Lions. Centre Levi Edwards was also in action for Batley Bulldogs, who are closing in on the top four.

After missing out on selection for the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup final, Corey Hall and Corey Johnson were both back in action for James Ford’s York City Knights side on Sunday.

Sat in twelfth place in the league table coming into the game, a win was imperative for the Knights and against bottom of the league Swinton Lions, the home side ran out 46-10 victors in a convincing performance. Hall, who has featured twice for the Rhinos in Super League this season, made his club debut in front of a home crowd, while Corey Johnson, who was impressive against London on his debut two weeks ago, made his first bow at the LNER Community Stadium.

Hall, who played the full eighty minutes, started the game with a try assist after ten minutes, connecting with Hull KR loanee Mikey Lewis and breaking through the Lions’ defence to set up Kieron Dixon for York’s third try of the game. Johnson was then introduced on 25 minutes and played the remainder of the game mixing between hooker and half back. A highlight once again was his line break that set up Dixon for his second of the game.

Following a man of the match performance against Dewsbury last time out, Levi Edwards was back in try scoring action for Batley Bulldogs on Sunday against Newcastle Thunder.

Jack Blagbrough, Ben Kaye, Nyle Flynn and Lucas Wilshaw gave the Bulldogs, who are chasing a Play Off place, a convincing 24-6 lead at the break before Kieran Buchanan and Tom Gilmore put the game out of sight for the home side.

Edwards wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity of a try though and the Leeds youngster intercepted a wayward pass from Newcastle to sprint down the hill and score. Ben White added a further try to claim a 42-12 win for Craig Lingard’s side, who move onto level points with Bradford in fourth.