Four York City Knights players named in Team of the Week - leaving boss with selection headaches

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GARY THORNTON has admitted he has left himself with a big selection headache at full-back following the performance of Ben Reynolds in James Haynes' stead.

Reynolds, the youngster on dual-reg from Castleford, was only in the line-up on Sunday as head coach Thornton omitted Haynes in order to rest an adductor strain, but he duly became one of four York City Knights players to be named in the latest Championship One Team of the Week.

Haynes will be fit for this weekend's trip to title rivals Oldham and he could expect an immediate recall after consecutive man-of-the-match accolades in the previous two games. But this means Thornton has more head scratching - and man management - to do, having already admitted that Reynolds has been unlucky to spend so much time on the sidelines so far.

"It leaves us with more headaches," said Thornton. "We're always in danger of that - when you leave people out to have rest, there's a chance that the person who comes in will perform well.

"James Haynes has to come into contention, so we've got a selection discussions to be had there. It would be harsh to leave Ben out."

Others in the Team of the Week are try-scoring machine Ben Dent, on-loan centre James Saltonstall and pivot Pat Smith, who sparked the revival that brought the 22-14 come-from-behind victory over Hemel.

Thornton reckoned the quartet provided much-needed impetus in a "lacklustre team performance".

Winger Dent's two tries took his 2014 tally to eight in nine games. His first was superbly created by centre Saltonstall

Said Thornton: "Ben's got a good record but even apart from his tries he's been playing well. He contributes to the team in other ways than his tries.

"James was excellent again. To get Ben away for his first try was a superb piece of work, and at a good time, too, when we were struggling to break them down."

Smith came off the bench at hooker but was later switched to stand-off. "He sparked us up and gave us impetus," said Thornton.

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