YORK City Knights boss James Ford watched his side destroy London Skolars and then declared this season's Betfred League One to be the "most exciting" he's known.

Ford's troops scored 11 tries, with Connor Robinson maintaining his superb goal-kicking ratio with another 11 from 12 attempts, in a 66-6 success over a Skolars side who themselves had put 76 points past West Wales Raiders a week earlier.

The result - the Knights' fifth-biggest league win since dropping out of the Championship in 2013 - kept them joint-top of the table, below Doncaster and Bradford Bulls only on points difference, all with five victories from six. There was another surprise result just below, though, with Hunslet beating the same Workington side that had toppled Bradford seven days earlier.

Ford said: "It's a really competitive league where so many teams can knock off any other team.

"It's what makes it the most exciting League One that I've known."

Ford also said he was "surprised" at the margin of his team's victory.

"From what I've seen London Skolars are a decent side and we knew they could post points if we gave them field position," he explained.

"I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance, certainly in the second half.

"Some of the work we put in in the first half paid dividends in the second half. When the game got quick, that highlighted the difference in fitness levels.

"We started really well and finished well. There was a patch in the middle of the first half where dropped off a little bit but you have to credit London. They have some big fellas who took some stopping, and you're not going to have it all your own way for 80 minutes. They scored a really good try - it was a great set-piece they put on us straight from the training ground.

"They had a lot of territory (in that period) and, at 10-6, if they get another try, they have a chance and it could be a real interesting, tight game.

"But we were good enough to withstand that and showed resilience again to come through, and we got back on track very well.

"The mentality of the team is the thing I'm most pleased with. The game was (all but won) in the second half in my opinion and in those circumstances it's easy to become a bit sloppy.

"But we spoke about being professional and maintaining standards and we've got individuals who drive that. We knew we could post some points in the end if we did that."

Judah Mazive led the try-scoring with a hat-trick to join Joe Batchelor at the top of the club's charts with seven for the season.

Ford said of the young winger: "He's exciting and he's got big potential. He's scoring tries and enjoying his work. He's also working hard on his skills such as his kick-catch and his dummy-half passes. He's got areas to work on but, with the mentality he's got towards training, he's only going to get better."

Meanwhile, off the field, Neil Gulliver has been appointed the Knights' new general manager.

The York-born 40-year-old joined the club as foundation manager three years ago, after 12 years in the City of York Council's sports development department.

Gulliver said: “Since joining the Knights Foundation it has been a privilege to be able to support the growth and development of the sport across York and North Yorkshire.

“For me, becoming involved with the Foundation was always about helping the sport and club reach its undoubted potential and I am proud to be able to contribute to this.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with the club and I look forward to the challenge of strengthening and growing both the club and Foundation over the coming years.”

Knights chairman Jon Flatman added: “Our club strategy is based around the values of vibrancy, partnership, integrity and competitiveness and Neil epitomises all of those characteristics.

“This is an excellent step forward in the growth of the club and I welcome Neil to this new role.”