YORK City Knights extended their winning streak in the Betfred Championship to six matches after beating Barrow Raiders 30-18 at Craven Park.

Here are five things that we learnt from the match.

1. Determined defence is the key to York's success

For those that watched York City Knights' recent behind-the-scenes documentary video series, they would have seen the moment James Ford delivered a message to his players before the match at Workington Town.

"It is absolutely not acceptable for a York team to ever be beaten on effort and attitude," the head coach said.

If there were two attributes that the Knights could not be faulted over at Barrow, it was those two.

Leading by 10 points, York were under the cosh for pretty much the first 25 minutes of the second half and showed some dogged goal-line defence.

It seemed like only a matter of time before the Raiders broke through having seen set after set on the York line.

To have seen off that period without conceding, against some of the division's most dangerous an unpredictable attackers, such as Jarrod Sammut, Jarrod Stack and Tee Ritson, was a remarkable sight.

2. Another tough and hard-fought away win is secured

Given the large number of personnel changes and the far greater luck on the injury front, it seems redundant to compare York in 2021 and in 2022.

However if you were to do so and took a look at the respective away records, you will find a remarkable stats.

In the league, the Knights won just four times away from home last year. Fast forward to present and Ford's side have already clocked up that same number.

No other Championship side, not even Featherstone Rovers or Leigh Centurions, has a 100 per cent away record to match York's.

3. Potential of current York side still to be realised

For only the second time this season, Ford was able to select all his three three half-backs in the same side.

Brendan O'Hagan and Liam Harris were the starting pair, with Jamie Ellis making a second-half appearance in his first game back from a hamstring injury.

On the first outing of the trio in the same 17, against Widnes, Ellis limped off injured, so we have yet to see all three feature fully fit, you feel.

Once Ford can do so, his current squad may be able to reach even higher levels of performance.

4. Liam Harris continues to impress his coach

"I didn't want him to leave the club and I snapped his hand off when he wanted to come back."

So said Ford when speaking about Harris, who returned to the club in the off-season from Halifax Panthers and produced yet another top-class display.

Harris came up with an inventive chip for Matty Marsh's try and his second-half dummy-half scoot proved the match's decisive moment.

Add to that his try-saving tackle on Ryan Shaw and it is evident why his coach talks of him in such glowing terms.

5. Barrow's crowd catches the eye

Barrow impressed many in the sport off-the-field last year as they were the only League One club to record a crowd of over 3,000.

An attendance of 2,260 felt particularly strong on Monday night, given the understandable lack of away support.

With several community clubs on the field beforehand combined with a food-and-drink offer, Barrow are doing plenty of things right to attract supporters.