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Depleted Knights Under-20s meet Featherstone
10:30am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
YORK City Knights’ young guns are likely to go into tonight’s Under-20s Championship semi-final against Featherstone more depleted than at any time this season, writes Peter Martini.
The Knights finished third in the table to set up tonight’s semi-final at second-placed Featherstone (7.45pm), the winners of which will meet league leaders Salford in the trophy decider next week.
However, they have been hit by injuries and unavailability, with Scott Talbot, Adam Swift, Harry Carter and Josh Poulter all out, while Ryan Gallacher, Adam Dent and Ryan Parker are doubtful.
Coach James Ford could field Greg Minikin and Kriss Brining even though they played for the first team last night. Another first-teamer Ed Smith, who did not play last night, is also eligible and is set to bolster the ranks, making his seasonal bow for the U20s.
Ford said: “This is the first time I’ve had so many players missing. However in adversity lies opportunity.”
The competing clubs have agreed that only two overage players will be allowed per team, with 21-year-olds Ben Crane and Jack Iley pencilled in for York.
The U20s squad: Luke Thornton, Jordan Foster, Tyler Craig, Jonny Long, Ryan Gallacher, James Morland, Lennox Green, Ed Smith, Stephen Batty, Tom Fitzsimmons, Ben Crane, Ryan Parker, Jack Iley, Harry Carter, Tim Stubbs, Danny Simpson, Charlie Hall, Greg Minikin, Adam Dent, Kriss Brining.
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