Cas starlet Ben Reynolds and Nathan Harper to make York City Knights bows in U20s reserves match against Sheffield (From York Press)
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Cas starlet Ben Reynolds and Nathan Harper to make York City Knights bows in U20s reserves match against Sheffield
CASTLEFORD Tigers starlet Ben Reynolds and prop Nathan Harper will make their bows for York City Knights’ under-20s reserves tonight when they host their Sheffield counterparts in a friendly at Huntington Stadium (8pm).
Mick Ramsden’s young charges will be looking to build on an encouraging first appearance of the year - a narrow defeat to Halifax - two weeks ago.
Dual-registered Reynolds, who could remain at York on dual-registration all year, will start the game at full-back but could also get a run at stand-off as head coach Gary Thornton ponders his options in what is his club’s final outing before the Championship One opener against Gloucestershire All Golds a week on Sunday.
Ex-Leeds, Wakefield and Castleford youth player Harper, who signed for York from Featherstone in the autumn, has been given the all-clear to play following an illness which has sidelined him throughout the first-team pre-season fixture schedule.
Winger George Elliott also plays knowing he needs to impress in the battle for a starting berth against Gloucestershire, while Thornton will again cast his eye over second-row Jack Pickles in his new prop position.
Knights season ticket holders can watch the game for free. General admission is £4, or £1 for U16s.
Knights U20s reserves: Reynolds, Elliott, A Dent, Rogers, Macdonald, Talbot, Morland, Pickles, Carter, Stubbs, Craig, Crane,Backhouse. Subs: Swift, Tomlinson, Batty, Harper.