Yesterday at Odsal Stadium, the Bradford Bulls suffered a narrow 20-10 defeat against the in-form York Knights.
The Bulls were missing key players Lee Gaskell, Fenton Rogers, and Jayden Myers due to a combination of injuries and suspensions. Ben Blackmore, Jordan Baldwinson, James Segeyaro, and Jorge Taufua were also unavailable.
In the tense opening ten minutes, Bradford came close to scoring with Joe Arundel making a strong attempt in the right corner. However, it was the visitors who managed to put points on the board in a rather peculiar manner.
Myles Harrison extended to ground the ball, but a wayward boot knocked it loose in the act of scoring. Referee Scott Mikalauskas awarded a rare penalty try.
The Bulls responded swiftly. Connor Wynne embarked on a weaving run, shrugging off two defenders to score near the posts.
A penalty was given for a late hit on Jordan Lilley, allowing Bradford to take the lead. However, Harris levelled the score for York after a high tackle on Pauli Pauli.
After the break, Kieran Gill was obstructed while trying to secure a crossfield kick. This led to another penalty for Bradford and an additional two points from Jordan Lilley’s precise kick.
As the game entered its final quarter, mistakes started to creep in. York capitalized on a repeated set, with Taylor Pemberton executing a clever grubber kick, causing Liam Tindall to unfortunately slip, and AJ Towse swiftly took advantage.
In the dying moments, Conor Fitzsimmons skillfully evaded a tackle to secure the win.