YORK City Knights Ladies boss Daryl North was left "disappointed" after his side stayed at the foot of Women's Super League following a 10-6 home loss to newly-promoted Wakefield Trinity.

A touch of complacency may have crept in against last season's Championship runners-up, who led 10-0 before a late push from the Knights yielded a Bev Langan try.

The hosts had some unfortunate squad news going into the game, with full-back Ellie Hendry and centre Nat Carr both unavailable, while loose-forward Beth Lockwood suffered a knee injury early on.

Centre Ashley Hyde filled in for Hendry, putting in a typically excellent performance, with the inexperienced trio of Georgia Taylor, Becky Richardson and Maxi Barker also brought in.

Wakefield went over for a converted try under the posts just before half-time and added to their tally a quarter of an hour into the second period as the Knights were made to pay for an error-strewn showing, which comprised 20 penalties and six dropped balls.

With 11 minutes remaining, Langan crossed under the sticks for Sam Boyes to convert, but it was too late for the Knights, who had to play the last half-hour with only two fit interchanges.

Along with Hyde, Bev and sister Katie Langan were among the stand-out performers.

Head coach North said: "We didn't start playing until 15 minutes towards the end and we got a bit of buzz about ourselves but we didn't have the energy or the subs to finish.

"I'm very disappointed with the result and I'm mostly disappointed in the way the game was played by us.

"In the last 15 minutes, even though they were tired, they gave it their all and pushed - it was just a little bit too late. There are still positives, I'm just disappointed for the majority of the game.

"You can't give away that many penalties and expect to score tries off it - 26 incomplete sets is too much to defend against."

Despite the disappointment of the defeat, North did not feel it necessary to drive the point home afterwards.

"I didn't need to tell them," he said. "You could see their faces after the game. There were a few tears. It means so much to them, I didn't need to tell them what they already knew.

"We just need to learn for next time."