KIERAN DIXON is hopeful victory at London Broncos will give York City Knights a welcome boost going into the following week's 1895 Cup final.

After last Sunday's narrow defeat to Newcastle Thunder, the Knights have now lost five of their last six games - all in the Betfred Championship.

Their only respite in that run came in the 1895 Cup semi-finals, when they beat Swinton Lions.

York currently sit 12th in the Championship with eight points. Only Oldham (four points) and Swinton (none) sit below them.

“We’ve got the game against London to get the monkey off our back a bit with the league form, which will hopefully propel us into the game with a little more confidence," Dixon said.

“We’re sitting down near the bottom of the table - we do need these points.

“We’ve had a few games in the last few weeks where we were on the edge of winning and we didn’t quite tip the scoreboard.

“Hopefully we can do that this weekend.

“We need to start winning. As a team, we need to start climbing the ladder to get to those play-off spots.

“There’s a lot of pressure but we’re using that pressure as a team to try and build and keep improving."

Leeds Rhinos pair Corey Johnson and Corey Hall come in on loan to York, who have also recaptured Riley Dean from Warrington Wolves.

“It’s going to be a big boost," Dixon commented.

"Throughout the season, we’ve been struck with injuries, we’ve found it hard to have a consistent spine.

"The half-back pairing has changed nearly every week and I think everyone in the forwards has been injured at one stage.

“It’s happened throughout the whole league.

"Everybody’s picked up injuries and it’s just happened that we’ve not been able to get the results off the back."