JAMES FORD insists that York City Knights should not be disadvantaged by the conditions when they face London Broncos on their astroturf pitch.

London are one of only three clubs in the Betfred Championship to play on a 3G pitch and are often able to profit from that, with the surface more conducive to free-flowing and attacking rugby league.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Challenge Cup second round tie, Knights head coach Ford stressed that the pitch should not be anything new for his side.

When asked if it poses a different challenge, Ford replied: “It shouldn’t do, because we have trained on one three times a week and have done for the last couple of years, so it should be like a home game for us.

“The speed of the game on the artificial surfaces is pretty much always a lot higher.

“You can see the intention in their carries, looking to get down and get it going quick.

“But that’s not new, rugby league is best played quick and tempo is key, so they’re not doing anything different to what most sides do.

“We’ll need to make our contact and wrestle is good whilst also making sure our own tempo is good.”

London are one of only two full-time teams in the second tier, though could be without their two first choice half-backs.

Ford added: “They’re a good team with two great coaches. I’m not sure what team they will field on Sunday because they’ve got a couple of bumps and bruises.

“I think (Jarrod) Sammut has got a knee injury and Cory (Aston) looked like he’d picked up a hammy (hamstring) knock (last week).

“There’s a couple of others that have got injuries as well, so I’m not sure what they’ll go with.

“But ultimately, that’s not my problem.

“Whatever side they field, I’m sure they’ll come after us. I like how they play. They challenge on kick returns, they get tempo around the middle and good deception in good-ball and finish in corners.

“I think they do a lot of things really well and I’m looking forward to the challenge, it should be a really good game.”