YORK City Knights gave one of their best performances in recent times last week in walloping "bogey team" Barrow Raiders - but it hasn't stopped head coach James Ford tweaking his team for Sunday's big test at Bradford Bulls.

Ford says second-row Josh Jordan-Roberts, who was withdrawn late on in last week's 56-0 rout due to a head injury, is available for selection after passing fit, but the 20-year-old is being left out anyway in the one change to the 19-man squad.

In his place in the 19 comes fit-again packman Marcus Stock, although his place in the starting line-up is set to go to the recalled Brad Hey.

Will Jubb, left on stand-by alongside Hey last week, is also scrapping for a recall to the 17, up against Kriss Brining and Harry Carter for one of the two interchange hooker roles.

Stock, meanwhile, is vying for a place on the bench, with Jack Blagbrough maybe in the most danger of making way.

Ford said of replacing JJR with Hey: "I just think Brad is deserving of a recall. He came out of the side (against Barrow) but has trained to a very good level and looks like he's ready to come back in and have a positive impact on our performance."

On-loan Joe Batchelor, who bagged a try double inside 10 minutes of his return to the club last week, stays in the starting 13 and will renew acquaintances with a Bradford side against whom he scored both home and away last term.

Those two matches last season were both crackers won and lost at the death - Bradford winning 22-20 at Bootham Crescent on the opening day of the season but York triumphing 30-28 at Odsal in July, in a result which opened the door for Ford's men to pip the Bulls to the title after a memorable run-in.

Bradford have spent again to strengthen their side this season and their new boys on show this weekend include former Castleford winger Jy Hitchcox, who made a loan switch permanent, ex-Featherstone pair Connor Farrell and Matty Wildie, and Wales international back Rhys Evans, the former Warrington star.

Jake Webster, the powerful former New Zealand threequarter who was another to join from Cas over the winter, is also back after being rested during last week's 24-10 defeat at Sheffield Eagles.

However, James Green, who like Hitchcox made a loan move from Cas permanent, is suspended after his red card in South Yorkshire, and fellow newcomer Jon Magrin, who joined from Sheffield in the off-season, is omitted.

Boss John Kear has called for a response to last week's shock and to that end has made three changes in all to his 19-man squad, with Webster, Sam Hallas and Mikey Wood replacing ex-Knights winger Dee Foggin-Johnston, Magrin and Green.

Aussie half-back Dane Chisholm - who was in last week's line-up before dropping out due to the birth of his daughter - will return to the starting 13 in another key change, replacing youngster Rowan Milnes.

Fellow half-back Joe Keyes is still sidelined, though, due to the back injury that has delayed his start to the season.

Toronto loanee Olsi Krasniqi keeps his place following his debut in South Yorkshire. Ex-Knights and London Broncos back-rower Matt Garside is also in the 19.

Both teams will be much-changed from the line-ups on Boxing Day, when Bradford won the pre-season friendly at Odsal 20-12, having gone 20-0 up by half-time before Ford's team had the better of the second period.

Bradford (possible): Pickersgill, Hitchcox, Evans, Webster, Ryan, Chisholm, Lilley, Kirk, Wildie, Crossley, Farrell, Wood, Minchella. Subs: from Flanagan, Hallas, Krasniqi, Garside, Oakes, Storton.

Knights (possible): Marsh, Robson, Bass, Salter, Mazive, Cockayne, Robinson, Dixon, Brining, Horne, Batchelor, Hey, Petersen. Subs: from Jubb, Carter, Teanby, Stock, Porter, Blagbrough.