George Elliott double, Adam Dent omitted, Jack Iley injured as York City Knights reserves beat Halifax

York Press: York City Knights winger George Elliott, left, scored twice for the reserves last night York City Knights winger George Elliott, left, scored twice for the reserves last night

WINGER George Elliott was a late inclusion in York City Knights' reserves line-up last night and issued a claim to retain his first-team berth with two tries in a 26-6 win over Halifax Under-20s.

Elliott took the place of Adam Dent, amid rumours the latter was poised for a first-team debut, in Elliott's stead, against London Skolars on Sunday, playing alongside big brother Ben.

Tyler Craig was also a key figure last night, scoring one and setting up two in a fine display at centre.

Loose-forward Ryan Backhouse was again a man-of-the-match contender, while Jack Pickles had a good 35-minute stint at prop before being withdrawn, possibly with a view to making his seasonal bow in the first team on Sunday.

The match was marred by a new injury for Jack Iley. York's luckless back-row, who has endured a stop-start season, went off with a suspected broken ankle after being tackled awkwardly when charging down a kick.

Hooker Steven Batty and half-back James Morland also scored tries, with Ben Crane adding three goals. Fax were 26-0 down before they bagged a late consolation.

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