Stags edged out by York City Knights in see-saw Championship One clash

Hemel Stags club crest
Hemel Stags club crest

For the second time in as many weeks, Hemel Stags were involved in a tightly fought contest that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats as they went down 22-14 to York City Knights.

Ben Dent scored a pair of tries as York kept pace with Hunslet Hawks at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship One table.

However, it was the Stags who made the stronger start, with a 13th-minute try from Michael Brown giving them the lead.

A forceful run by Chris Clough, a former York player, made good ground before he produced a superb offload to Brown who sprinted 40 yards to score.

Barry John Swindells missed the conversion but he made amends with a penalty kick to give the visitors a 6-0 lead after 32 minutes.

But York hit back with tries from Dent and Lee Paterson and a Ben Hardcastle goal to go into half-time 10-6 up.

First, man of the match James Saltonstall broke free of his tackler before running 80 metres and passing outside to Dent to finish the move.

Soon afterwards, Paterson forced his way over for the hosts, and Hardcastle added the two points as the half-time hooter went.

However, an Evan Simons try and a pair of goals from Swindells saw the Stags retake the lead.

Simons sold an outrageous dummy and scooted over the chalk, while Swindells was his usual reliable self with the boot.

But tries from Ben Dent and Adam Dent, along with a pair of conversions from Ben Reynolds, saw the City Knights home and left the Stags to rue what might have been.