THE professionalism and good will being instilled in this Knights squad by head coach James Ford was none more evident than in South Wales Scorpions’ clubhouse last Saturday night.

Despite having to walk half a mile from the ground to the clubhouse in the centre of town and despite being in a rush to get back on the bus for the six-hour drive home, the players all tidied up after themselves after their post-match meal, virtually having to be stopped from doing the washing up by catering staff.

It clearly impressed the Scorpions contingent present, more than making up for the confusion the last time the team visited Mountain Ash when they left without accepting post-match hospitality - for the simple reason they didn’t know where in town to go.

More importantly, such professionalism and smart discipline could yet see the team clean up, too, when it comes to League One honours.

THAT good will had also been displayed by Kriss Brining the day before the Scorpions match, after news came through of the club’s breakthrough community stadium agreement with City of York Council.

The agreement, among other things, means the team will finally get to train at York St John University’s sports centre as part of the stadium scheme - as of this Tuesday - and, to illustrate the news, Brining answered a photo-call request from The Press at short notice.

He didn’t have to go to the university's Haxby Road site and he almost certainly would have had better things to do with his time, but he went nonetheless to give us our back page picture.

THE Knights have been tipped for promotion by Scorpions boss Mike Grady following last week's encounter.

After a drab first meeting between the sides at the start of the year, a Challenge Cup tie which York won 20-4 away, James Ford's men have since beaten the League One strugglers 70-0 at home and, last week, 64-0 away.

Grady, who once played for York Wasps, tweeted of the Knights: "...for me one of the favourites to go up, great bloke and coach in @Frodono3 (Ford)."