HEAD coach James Ford says the support for York City Knights has been "humbling" and he hopes to repay the fans on Sunday at Halifax.

Currently third-placed in the Betfred Championship and destined for the play-offs, the Knights will have plenty of fans heading to the Shay Stadium for the 3pm kick off.

The club has supplied fully-subsidised travel to West Yorkshire and supporters have reportedly filled four coaches for the trip.

Though York's place in the top five was a mathematical certainty in mid-August, the Knights still have position to play for - fourth-placed Leigh Centurions are just a point behind, while second spot - at least until 5pm tomorrow - is still within reach.

Ford said of the Knights faithful: "They've been good all year and they've gone to games in numbers - I can't believe how many there were at Toronto. That must have been expensive, but sadly we couldn't do it for them.

"The boys speak about how vocal and passionate the support is. Those who have been at the club before have seen the support and endeavour grow, and it makes a difference.

"They're amazing supporters willing to invest so much. It's amazing and humbling, if I'm honest. We're aware of it and we want to repay them on Sunday."

York's hopes of a runners-up spot rest, in part, on Featherstone Rovers beating visitors Toulouse Olympique on Saturday (3pm). If the French side earn at least a point, York will have to content themselves with third spot.

With an eye over their shoulders, York must also avoid defeat to ward off Leigh's advances. With Leigh's superior points difference, a York win at Halifax is the only way to guarantee third place.

Asked if he has considered where the Knights could end up in the table, Ford admitted: "The consistent answer would be 'no' but I've had a sneaky look at the table.

"I've always liked Featherstone. I'll go to the game with my flat cap on. I believe they can beat Toulouse. They're an outstanding side with a top, top coach.

"But we have the challenge of Halifax and even if (Featherstone) beat Toulouse, we need to do our business."