JAMES FORD hailed York City Knights' defence and the pressure his side withstood in their 14-2 win at London Broncos.

A late Liam Salter try secured York’s victory in the Betfred Challenge Cup having led by just one score for most of the second-half.

Despite the lack of points on the board, there were no shortage of chances and the Knights defence was rock-solid to deny London a try.

Having conceded just one try against Sheffield Eagles last week too, Ford expressed his pride in the rear-line of his side.

“We do look strong and organised defensively,” said the Knights head coach. “We look fit, so that’s a compliment to the support staff too and the players.

“We’ve put them under a lot of pressure in pre-season and they’ve responded really well and do look strong.

“The defence is down to the mental side, systems side and reacting to the picture unfolding and changing in the game.

“Part of that is mental strength. We speak about certain sides and when you put them under a certain amount of pressure, they’ll fold and look for shortcuts.

“My team doesn’t and they pride themselves on their defensive details and work-rate.”

York were on the wrong-side of the penalty and six-again count with 25 given out in total across the game.

Ford added: “We were throughly tested. There were seven set-restarts for London in the second half to nil. It was 4-0 or 4-1 in the first half, and a couple of theirs came on the last play.

“We’ll have a look at what we’re doing and if we need to tidy up then we will do and I’m sure the officials will as well.

“I saw a side that, no matter how much pressure they were in under - in terms of fatigue and six-again, six-again, penalty for not playing the ball correctly - we stuck together, we worked hard, kept turning up and stuck to our systems.

“We looked fairly comfortable defensively, even though we were under all that pressure.”