YORK City Knights were going to leave it late to decide their line-up for tonight’s under-20s friendly at Oldham (8pm) due to the injuries in the first-team ranks.

A few overage players are allowed to feature but York will travel with a predominantly teenage squad – including 16-year-old half-back Stephen Batty, who is set to join the U20s ranks having been on trial from West Hull ARLC.

First-team fringe players such as George Elliott, James Haynes, Jack Iley and Jake Joynt could get run-outs but might not be risked if they are needed for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship visit of big-guns Halifax.