There was one result which stood out over the weekend’s Championship fixtures and that was York City Knights’ absolute battering by Leigh Centurions.
James Ford’s men conceded 100 points in a dreadful performance and the York boss did not pull any punches after the game.
“Poor; very poor. I’ve alluded to it all year, there’s a collection of individuals in this squad that have carried this team,” Ford said.
“The players around them, some of them are young and improving and I think AJ Towse has had a decent game today in a very tough scenario with people around him not playing – definitely not playing – to their levels.
“There were some players miles off today. They didn’t compete, we stopped winning tackles, coming out from kick-off, rolling us, and a team of Leigh’s level and the systems they use to punish us.
Whilst Ford didn’t want to take anything away from Leigh, he was quick to point out how bad his team was.
“I thought they were really ruthless, really good and I don’t want to take anything away from them because they were really good, but we were an absolute disgrace.”
The Knights have qualified for the play-offs, but Ford knows his side needs to be a lot better if they are going to cause any damage.
“The results going elsewhere means we’ve qualified for the play-offs now, that’s twice in three seasons of the Championship but I’m not brushing over that, that’s just nowhere near good enough,” Ford continued.
“We’re going to do some hard work and not put our coats on the rack – we did today and got our violins out.
“Pathetic, but as a collection, we’re going to respond and have a real crack at these play-offs.”